It’s no secret that Americans are turned off politics and disgusted with Congress. Pundit after pundit has stepped forward to declare the 2014 midterms “an election about nothing.” There are surely good reasons to be pessimistic, but for voters in states with crucial races, the election really is about something—local jobs, God-given freedoms, the right to control one’s body, or how people in the state feel about President Obama. And the stakes are real: Control of the Senate hangs in the balance.
To understand what’s going on in some of the hottest Senate races, The Atlantic has put together its own version of the Proust Questionnaire, focusing on the midterms. And we’ve asked top political reporters and columnists from those states to help understand what’s going on and how it will affect the country.
The Georgia edition features Daniel Malloy, the Washington correspondent for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and a contributor to that newspaper's Political Insider blog.
What's the biggest issue in this race?
The economy and jobs is always No. 1. In this case, when you are thinking about jobs, the David Perdue campaign wants you to think about their scarcity under President Obama, and the Michelle Nunn campaign wants you to think about the ones that Perdue sent overseas.