Economy is top issue for voters in high-stakes Georgia races
Polling shows the economy is the top issue for registered voters in Georgia, where 66% say the condition of the country is on the wrong track. Only 19% believe it is headed in the right direction, according to a recent University of Georgia poll.
” I think that most people vote with their pockets when it comes down to it. Right?” Lou Valoze, a former federal agent, said it at a Atlanta restaurant . “What is happening halfway around the globe isn’t important to me when it comes to the booth. It’s what my family is doing economically that matters to me. “
Inflation remains at a 40-year-high and is causing some voters in Georgia to cut back on groceries and other basic expenses.
” Every day that you go to the grocery to buy food, it is more expensive. It costs more to go to the gas station. Susan Reeder, a resident of Atlanta, said that wages are not going up so it is necessary to make adjustments.
But Reeder thanked Brian Kemp, the incumbent Republican Governor, for keeping prices down and said that the state has done very well in helping to reduce gas prices.
Kemp is up for re-election just four years after defeating Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams, who is once again running for the gubernatorial seat.
Georgia is also facing another key race — between U.S. Senate between incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker, a University of Georgia football legend. This race will determine which party controls the Senate. It is also one of the most controversial, expensive, and close races in the country.
” The only race I am paying attention to right now are Warnock, Herschel,” Gary Heath stated.
The two have clashed over topics like abortion and gun controls — issues that are important to voters in the state which saw record-setting early-voter turnout.
When Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court, Clara Jackson from Georgia felt like something was being taken away.
“I felt that something had been taken from women, something they’d fought for for years and now, all of a sudden it’s back again,” she stated at a Savannah restaurant .