Atlanta voters reveal which issue could decide their vote: abortion access or the economy?
By Matt Viser
24 January 2019
Voters across America are making their choices on the ballot in unprecedented numbers. This week voters in Florida and Michigan chose to vote for Democrats, while voting against the national Democratic Party and endorsing an anti-Israel war hawk in Wisconsin.
All across the country, candidates have been lining up to claim the Democratic Party’s nomination for president and trying to mobilize voters that are likely to swing Democratic in November.
In a national debate on Thursday, Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke claimed that he was running against a “dark force” that was taking place on the right and on the left.
The dark force is the “right-wing takeover” of the Democratic Party, O’Rourke said, and he explicitly threatened to challenge conservative Supreme Court nominations, such as President Trump’s appointment of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, if they were made by the nominee.
O’Rourke went on to accuse wealthy corporate Democrats and the Democratic Party of “abandoning the social agenda of their party” and of allowing “the top one percent”—as wealthy individuals have become so much more wealthy under the Obama administration—to make “hundreds of millions of dollars while everybody else, middle class families, is trying to make ends meet.”
That’s right: the Democratic Party is now the party of the rich. Just as the Democrats have been the party of the wealthy since at least the mid-1930s, so it is now.
In Wisconsin, candidate Ron Johnson, a billionaire with no apparent political experience or prior electoral success, is running for president as a candidate who would represent all Americans—not just the rich, the well-educated and the middle class. His campaign platform is a far-right proposal similar to that of O’Rourke.
In Michigan, which this February became the 40th state holding primaries, voters overwhelmingly endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, while choosing to vote for independent candidate Andrew Yang in one of the most important Senate races in the country, with over 50% of voters choosing Yang despite Yang’s very small support of around 2.4%.
In both Florida and Wisconsin, voters chose candidates that have long been hostile to US