Economy is top issue for voters in high-stakes Georgia races

Economy is top issue for voters in high-stakes Georgia races

Georgia voters digest big election concerns

Three Meals in Georgia reveals what is on voters’ minds heading into midterm election

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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.

“You know, when it’s all said and done, I think most people vote with their pocket. Right?” Lou Valoze, a retired federal agent, said at a restaurant in Atlanta. “What’s going on halfway around the world isn’t an important issue to me when I’m at the booth. My family’s economic well-being is more important to my than anything else. “

Inflation remains at a 40-year-high and is causing some voters in Georgia to cut back on groceries and other basic expenses.

“Every single day you go to the grocery store to buy food, it costs more. It costs more to go to the gas station. “And paychecks aren’t going up, so we have to make changes,” Susan Reeder, an Atlanta resident, said.

But Reeder credited incumbent Republican Governor Brian Kemp for trying to keep prices down, and said the “state has done very well” when it comes to helping with 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 elections in the country.

“The only race I pay attention to right now is Warnock and Herschel,” Gary Heath said.

The two have clashed on topics like abortion and gun control — issues that are also important for voters in the state, which saw record levels of early-voter turnout.

When the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, Georgia resident Clara Jackson said she felt like something had been taken away from women.

“I felt like something had been taken away from women, something they’d been fighting for for years, and now all of a sudden, here you go, it’s back again,” she said at a restaurant in Savannah.

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