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In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v Jackson, suburban women are shaping up to be an iconic group in this election cycle.

Abortion rose as a top issue among voters with a new Fox News poll in which 20% of women said it was the top issue that would motivate them to vote this election cycle. Democrats are hoping that motivation will propel their voters to the polls in the midterm year as they defend.

In states like North Carolina, where Democrat Cheri Beasley is pitted against Republican Representative Ted Budd in the state’s open Senate seat, analysts say the women’s vote will be crucial. According to the latest voter registration numbers, there are approximately 550,000 more female voters registered than males in the Tar Heel state.

“They are the focus and main hope for Democrats in this election, especially because of Dobbs’ decision to repeal Roe v. Wade,” said Mac McCorkle, a professor of public policy at Duke University. “Usually, the problem for the party in power – and it’s still probably a problem for Democrats – is that their side is not as motivated. The other side is mad because they lost the last election. They want to be paid back. So I think the Republican enthusiasm, especially of Republican women, was probably already there.”

Jennifer Rubin, vice president of the League of Women Voters North Carolina, said she thinks the issue of abortion has inspired all women to vote and vote.

North Carolina Republican Representative Ted Budd is pitting Democrat Cheri Beasley for the state’s open Senate seat.
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“North Carolina is a majority-female state,” she said. “We have more women than men in North Carolina. So, I think some of these issues that are important to women can certainly make an impact as women are motivated to vote. “

In addition to abortion, women in North Carolina who spoke to Fox News said cost of living has been a serious issue in this cycle. North Carolina’s housing market has seen a rise in rents in all 10 of the state’s largest cities over the past year, according to data from ApartmentList. In Wilmington, the city has seen rents increase by more than 17% over the past year. The state overall has seen a growth of just over 14%.

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Many in the state said those who migrated from the north during the COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with the overall cost of living, have made their cities virtually inaccessible.

“I just had to walk, and the fare was insane. Absolutely insane,” said Kenji Oldham, an independent voter in Wilmington. When asked what she would like to see out of the runners, she said she wants them to cover the costs. “I want them to work on making things cheaper. Or at least – if not making things cheap – making wages higher to match inflation.”

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One Republican voter said the cost of groceries has become untenable. Chelsea Cooley, a mother of six, said $500 of groceries lasted her family for about three weeks. Now, she said this is her weekly bill.

“That’s four times a gallon of milk,” said Cooley, who volunteered with the state Republican Party. “I think we’re just at the point where we can’t afford to continue living the way we are.”

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Cooley also said that parental rights were a top issue for him this cycle after becoming more involved in their children’s schooling during the height of the pandemic.

“When you start telling a parent, whether they’re Democrat, Republican or independent, that they have a say in how they raise their kids no longer weighs better, you have a problem,” she Told.

The race for the North Carolina Senate is crucial for Republicans trying to grab the seat as part of their larger effort to win back the majority. Budd is set to welcome former President Trump for a rally on Friday that analysts are likely to mobilize voters from all over.

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“It’s going to help propel the Trump base in the Republican Party. It’s going to help propel the Democratic base against Trump,” McCorkle said. “Independents are impossible.”

North Carolina voters who already know their preference for a Senate race can start casting their vote now. Early voting for mail-in voting began on 9 September.


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