Stabenow, Senate Ag chairwoman, wins reelection

The Senate passed a five-year farm bill in June, but the full House has yet to act on its own measure. The most recent five-year farm bill expired at the end of September, and Republicans and Democrats sparred through much of the summer over how to bring drought relief to farmers throughout the country. 

Stabenow has urged the House to act on a farm bill after it returns to Washington next week, and her victory Tuesday would seem to strengthen her hand in negotiations. Lobbyists have said that a modified farm bill could conceivably be tacked on to a year-end measure dealing with the "fiscal cliff."

The Michigan Democrat is also a member of the tax-writing Finance Committee. Several other Democrats on the panel – Sens. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonGingrich says arming teachers only long-term solution to school shootings Florida students turn to activism in wake of shooting CNN invites Trump to town hall with parents, students of Florida high school MORE (Fla.), Robert MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezJustice Dept intends to re-try Menendez in corruption case DACA is neither bipartisan nor in America's interest Senate DACA deal picks up GOP supporters MORE (N.J.), Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperTrump states would bear brunt of gas tax increase: conservative groups Trump talk riles advocates on both sides of gas tax Senate bill would let EPA implement global greenhouse gas deal MORE (Del.) and Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinWashington puts Ethiopia's human rights abusers on notice Overnight Defense: Mattis vows Dreamers in military won't be deported | Pentagon unsure if military parade will be in Washington | Dem bill would block funds for parade Dems introduce bills to block funds for Trump's proposed parade MORE (Md.) – also were reelected on Tuesday.

The Hill's Ballot Box has more on Stabenow's defeat of former Rep. Pete Hoekstra.