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SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Two Iowa farmers, separated by more than a hundred miles but only a year of age, have been torn apart over talking about the presidential race – for entirely different reasons.

Trump supporter Denny Gergen, a grain, corn and soybean farmer in Northwest Iowa, choked on the thought of how his lifestyle seemed to be drifting away and how Trump seemed like the only politician who really cared.

“Trump supports the American farmer,” said Gergen, 69, who recently posted a large sign on his property that read “God bless America and God bless the American farmer” next to signs encouraging passing drivers to vote. to re-elect the president.

“There are farmers right now – they’re losing so much money they can’t keep going; they’re done, ”Gergen said at a motorcycle rally in Sioux City in support of Iowa Republican Senator Joni Ernst. “I’m just a small family farmer trying to be successful.”

Three hours away, near Iowa’s northern border with Minnesota, the other farmer, Raymond Smith, also became emotional.

Smith, 68, whose family has owned a farm in Buffalo Center for more than 100 years, supports Biden and the Democrats.

“We weren’t very well off when we were growing up,” Smith said, pointing to Ernst’s Democratic opponent, businesswoman Theresa Greenfield, around her farm. “But thanks to the Democratic programs, I was able to go to university. I choke on myself when I think about how someone else put their money there, just to get me started. And now I feel it is my responsibility to pay whatever I can.

Smith said he loved and respected his neighbors who support Trump in his town of less than 900, but believed that “we have a responsibility on all of us to do what we can to make democracy work.

“I have a lot of people who disagree with me in the neighborhood, but that has never stopped me in the past,” he says.

Trump won Iowa by a comfortable margin four years ago, but Biden had a narrow lead over Trump in the state in a poll released by the New York Times / Siena College on Wednesday.

An eternal battleground state where voters are known for their political independence, Iowa, whose population is 90 percent white, has voted for the winner of the presidential race in six of the last seven elections, including for Trump, Barack Obama twice and George W. Bush as he sought re-election.

Steven Peterson, 59, a Democrat who owns a greenhouse in Lake Mills, said he supported Biden in part because he was concerned about the future of federal courts, if Trump won a second term.

“They loaded the courts,” Peterson said, referring to Republicans and McConnell. “Not just the Supreme Court, but all the other courts. When President Obama was in power, McConnell made sure we didn’t get any judges anywhere. He blocked everything. And then the next Republican president comes in and he gets 300 judges. It was unfair. I don’t think they should be doing it justice now. I think they have to wait.

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