in Georgia, women’s suffrage in the wealthy suburbs of Atlanta

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Two years ago, white women in the affluent suburbs of big cities voted for Joe Biden and gave him the presidency. This was also the case in Georgia. In this traditionally very conservative southern state, these same voters also sent two Democratic senators to Congress in Washington. What is your mood today?

With our special correspondent in Georgia, Stephanie Schuler

We are in Alpharetta, a posh town outside of Atlanta. The weather is mild in early November, the large lawn in the center of the city is full of families. The atmosphere is relaxed. But the elections are on everyone’s mind. ” To be honest, I didn’t care about politics until Donald Trump was elected. I would love for Georgia to become a Democratic state! I would like to know stacey abrams as governor! would carry us forward “, explains Krystin, a mother of two children.

Stacey Abrams at a campaign event for former Democratic presidential vice president Joe Biden. Monday, November 2, 2020, at Turner Field in Atlanta. AP Photo/Brynn Anderson

If the inhabitants of the luxury suburbs, traditional conservative strongholds, are now attracted to the Democratic vote, it is because of a generational change, the 30-year-old believes. “ Here in the South, we are educated in a certain way. But young people are beginning to investigate issues such as abortion, the health system “.

Krystin lives with her family in Alpharetta, a posh Atlanta suburb and traditionally conservative stronghold.  However, the 30-year-old woman and her husband hope her state will turn Democratic in the midterm elections.
Krystin lives with her family in Alpharetta, a posh Atlanta suburb and traditionally conservative stronghold. However, the 30-year-old woman and her husband hope her state will turn Democratic in the midterm elections. © Stefanie Schuler/RFI

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Only then, another issue has been invited to the election campaign and is playing spoilsport. Kim is 40 years old. ” Inflation affects me a lot. Our food expenses have increased a lot. With two young children, it is now becoming difficult to make ends meet. People look at the record of the current US administration. And some voters, who might vote Democrat, will cast their vote Republican. “. In the absence of being able to change the president, explains Kim, American women, like her, can take away his majority in Congress.

The right to abortion, also a campaign issue

In Georgia, abortion is now prohibited as soon as a fetal heartbeat can be detected, that is, at six weeks of pregnancy, when most women do not yet know they are pregnant. Hear this report outside the oldest abortion clinic in Atlanta.

This only increases the disparity with low-income people and only puts more women at risk.

In Atlanta, abortion is the central issue of the campaign

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