On an overcast morning in Stafford, Virginia, CNN spoke to some GOP voters at the Courthouse Community Center, located in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District – a district currently led by Democratic Representative Abigail Spanberger represents, but is one place where the GOP looks to build its interests in in the race in November for the Democratic-held US House of Representatives seat.
What matters most to Republican voters Tuesday is inflation, immigration and education.
Jennie Austin, a 62-year-old voter who has not yet decided whether to take part in Tuesday’s vote, said she’s noticed grocery prices rise when mushroom soup becomes $2 a can. She said improving roads and gas prices are also areas of concern.
Austin, who was a Democrat until former President Barrack Obama’s second term and voted for former President Donald Trump in both 2020 and 2016, has criticized the current “stalemate”. in politics.
Cisco Cividanes, a 77-year-old retired Marine who used to work for the state, says that although he used to spend $275 a week on food, he now spends $290.
“What they do in Washington affects us here in Northern Virginia,” he said.
“Right now, things are not going well. So many families are struggling,” said Linda Robertson, a 74-year-old retired school bus driver who has been transporting students of all ages for 30 years at Stafford.
She thinks rising gas prices are a problem. As a widow, Robertson said, “It’s hard to live alone.”
She also listed immigration as a top concern and said that Trump, whom she voted for in 2020 and 2016, “is not a politician,” but “a businessman” and ” did a great job.”
“I got to the end because I was tired of what was going on,” said Juliet Schweiter, a substitute teacher and mother of three teenagers. Schweiter, a Stafford County voter, volunteered for Crystal Vanuch’s campaign for Congress at Tuesday’s poll and was listed as a Vanuch supporter on Vanuch’s campaign website.
Vanuch is the current chair of the Stafford County Board of Directors and the Republican candidate for the United States House of Representatives seat.
“I made it my personal job to get involved in politics,” says Schweiter, adding that she talks to her community and friends about politics and the importance of quitting. promissory note. Schweiter rallied for Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin last November and told her neighbors about him, she said.
She cited borders, critical race theory (CRT), Second Amendment rights and inflation as key areas of concern and said the current administration was “raising its hand and saying ‘I don’t know doing what.'”
“I always vote on issues,” says Schweiter. “The Democrats have come to an end.”
Edward O’Brien, a 59-year-old Republican voter, said he was “disgusted with the whole range of problems” and listed “borders”, “imposed limits on fossil fuel production” ” and “forced to produce electric vehicles ” are the most pressing of his concerns.
“People don’t want to make the quick transition to electric vehicles,” he said.
Likewise, Michelle West, a 59-year-old Republican voter who voted for Trump in 2020 and 2016, said education, borders and inflation were also the top three most important issues for her. . She says she wants to see “more parental involvement” in schools and believes “CRT needs to go.”
Anthony Johnson, a Democratic voter with whom CNN spoke to Stafford on Tuesday, said “voter rights”, “gender equality” and “human rights” are of paramount importance.
“It’s a right, a privilege and an honor to vote,” said the 56-year-old Democrat.