Democrats face tough prospects on Pennsylvania battleground


MAGA Republicans tearing up Joe Biden’s BBB initiatives on inflation upending the daily lives of Americans with budget issues appear to be producing a disconnect between the Democrats’ string of legislative successes and voter concern over the high cost of living in the battleground state of Pennsylvania where Democrats have high stakes in gubernatorial, mayoral and congressional candidates.

Though the Washington administration touts the Cut Inflation Act, climate change and lower prescription drug prices, student debt forgiveness and cheaper health care from healthcare companies. insurance, a small town in Pennsylvania isn’t too enticed by the positive economic change.

This disconnect could cause problems for the Democrats, says the BBC in an analysis of the electoral scenario for the midterms scheduled for November 8.

The Democratic Party has borne the brunt of American fury over soaring inflation, and insiders have warned that voters must be confident the economy is improving if Democrats hope to avoid major losses at medium term, the BBC said.

Although the president’s party scored political victories in the final weeks of the summer – passing long-sought climate legislation they say also tackles inflation and announcing debt relief for students for millions – Democrats are set to lose the majority they hold in at least one chamber of Congress, the BBC predicts.

Those political victories are yet to touch voters like Tina Jordan, who told BBC News that rising prices had squeezed her profits. Tina Jordan, 55, was “totally against” Donald Trump’s bid for president in 2016.

A registered Democrat in the crucial state of Pennsylvania, she opted for Hillary Clinton, although Trump ultimately won the state that year, handing her the White House.

But in 2020, Jordan changed her mind and voted for Trump because her presidency, she confessed, coincided with “the best I’ve been in a long time, financially.”

She’ll ‘likely vote for Trump again’ if he runs in 2024, she said – two years into Joe Biden’s presidency, Jordan didn’t think he was ‘in touch with landlords small businesses” like her.

Pennsylvania is the top prize in this year’s November midterm elections, with Democrats battling to secure a US Senate seat and ward off a candidate who supports Trump’s bogus claim that the 2020 election was stolen in the governor’s mansion.

Biden, who has long spoken of his middle-class Pennsylvania roots and made his ties to the state part of his political identity, trumpeted his economic record there. During a speech in Philadelphia this month, he said that “today the American economy is faster, stronger than any other advanced nation in the world.”

However, Jordan’s concerns about his financial stability were echoed by voters across Pennsylvania, with Biden and Trump supporters concerned about the still high cost of daily living and disappointed with leaders in Washington.

“You have a lot of people in Pennsylvania who are worried about what’s going on in front of them,” said Mustafa Rashed, a Philadelphia-area Democratic strategist. “It’s harder to get people involved in the voting process. You’re competing for their attention with wallet issues.”

Washington’s victories aren’t being felt on the pitch, says the BBC. Republicans have hammered Democrats in local races over inflation and the cost of basic necessities, trying to blame a complex economic problem on the ruling party.

A recent poll shows the Democrats’ mid-term outlook has improved since the party’s political push in late summer.

They have been given a boost since the fall of Roe v Wade made abortion access a major election year issue. Polls in Pennsylvania consistently show Democratic U.S. Senate candidate John Fetterman and Governor Josh Shapiro slightly ahead of their respective Republican rivals Dr. Oz and Doug Mastriano.



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