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Trade and Tax Cuts at Center of Democrat’s Run in Trump Country

  • Incumbent Donnelly among most vulnerable Senate Democrats
  • Indiana voters backed president but his support has faded
General Views Of Pig Farming At A Lehmann Bros. Farm LLC

Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

At a diner in Rensselaer, Indiana, last week, Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly faced some agitated constituents. It wasn’t Donnelly’s opposition to the GOP tax-cut that animated these voters in the Republican-dominated state.

Instead, many of the more than two-dozen farmers gathered aired complaints about President Donald Trump’s policies, primarily escalating trade tensions that threaten exports of pork and soybeans to China and corn sales to Canada and Mexico, as well as an uncertain future for a government mandate that fuel be mixed with corn-based ethanol.