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Farm Bill votes rise as 2nd District campaign issue

U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers’ campaign is making a quick adjustment to face a new 2nd District challenger, her Republican colleague U.S. Rep. George Holding of Raleigh.

This week, Ellmers campaign spokesman Patrick Sebastian said the farming interests are important in the redrawn district, and brought up Holding’s vote against the Farm Bill in 2014.

Holding voted against the Farm Bill because "special interests in D.C. told him to," Sebastian said. The bill passed both chambers, ending a two-year standoff.

Ellmers "voted for farmers," Sebastian said.

In an interview, Holding said he voted for the original House version, but voted against the conference bill that came back because the Senate had removed some of the "good" reforms, such as those to food stamp funding.

"I didn't have a single farmer tell me they were disappointed (in my vote)," Holding said.

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