Midterm election: Political analyst, voters weigh in on campaign season

Midterm election: Political analyst, voters weigh in on campaign season

(WAFF) - Primary Tuesday in Alabama is less than two weeks away. Political signs line the streets and ads flood the airwaves.

Historically, midterm election voter turnout is low, although we've seen recently voters are coming out in droves to support their picks.

In Georgia this week, an unprecedented amount of voters cast ballots for Stacey Abrams, making her the first African-American female major party candidate for governor.

What does this have to do with our primary? "I think when we think about politics we think about polarization. Either you're a conservative or you're a liberal. When really we're just everyday people who have everyday concerns," said Dexter Strong, a political strategist.

He believes major wins for Democratic candidates across the country could play a role in Alabama's primary season.

"Most people don't strongly identify with any political party. They're just looking for the best possible candidate," Strong said.

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"It depends on their platform and what they stand for, character and all that," said Barbara Kammerud, one voter we talked to.

"There's honestly, on the Republican side, not as much energy and enthusiasm as I've honestly seen in past years," David Pinkleton said. Pinkleton is a devout Republican. He worries that Republican voters may stay home with the "we've got this" mindset.

"I think really excited people and we're trying to take that and go forward with it," said Pam Caruso, a Democratic voter.

On the Democratic side, voters said they plan to come out in great numbers just like they did in December.

Strong said we're in a saturated political culture. He said voters know that elections matter, so they're going to put their money where their vote is.

Analysts believe there is great potential for Democrats to channel this resurgence into major victory.

However, they say with strong Republican candidates marching through historically conservative areas, it will be an uphill battle to that victory.

"You need to go out and vote. You need to make your voice heard because honestly, government is decided by those who show up," Pinkleton said.

You can cast your ballot on June 5. Click here to find your polling place.

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