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 NelsonBill NelsonElection-year politics: Senate Dems shun GOP vulnerables Overnight Finance: Senate rejects funding bill as shutdown looms | Labor Dept. to probe Wells Fargo | Fed to ease stress test rules for small banks Overnight Energy: Judges scrutinize Obama climate rule MORE (Fla.), Robert MenendezRobert MenendezDemocrats press Wells Fargo CEO for more answers on scandal Dem senator: Louisiana Republican 'found Jesus' on flood funding Taiwan and ICAO: this is the time MORE (N.J.), Tom CarperTom CarperElection-year politics: Senate Dems shun GOP vulnerables Overnight Healthcare: McConnell unveils new Zika package | Manchin defends daughter on EpiPens | Bill includes M for opioid crisis Dems to GOP: Help us fix ObamaCare MORE (Del.) and Ben CardinBen CardinSenate Democrat calls on Mexico to step up search for missing students Senators already eyeing changes to 9/11 bill after veto override State official hints more Chinese firms being probed for N. Korean ties MORE (Md.) – also were reelected on Tuesday.

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