Voters in Bensalem, Bucks County, Pennsylvania told CNN what motivated them to come out and vote in today’s midterm elections, including issues with the economy, crime and abortion.
Rosanne and Jack Payson have lived in suburban Philadelphia for 45 years.
“I don’t like Donald Trump. Voting for a Republican like Mastriano means we’re going to be in more trouble,” Jack Payson told CNN’s Jason Carroll.
GOP gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano faces Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro in the gubernatorial race.
Rosanne Payson said the Supreme Court’s decision on Roe v. Wade is one of the questions that motivated her to vote.
“The Roe problem bothers me. I think women should be able to choose. … It’s not just that they don’t want a child and they want an abortion, there are other issues at play” , she said.
Pennsylvania voter Brittany Castor said she identifies as a Republican and has voted for candidates in both parties in her life, but the issue of a woman’s right to choose “absolutely” has her driving to the polls this year.
Joseph and Susan O’Rourke said that crime, the economy and the border are the main issues for them.
Joseph O’Rourke said GOP Senate candidate Mehmet Oz spoke well on all three of these issues. On the governors side, he said while “I don’t think we have a good selection”, he voted for Mastriano.
“If you listen to Mastriano, he’s just law enforcement and everything, but then Josh Shapiro was the attorney general, so, you know, that’s a tough choice to make,” he said. .
He added that, like other swing voters in Bucks County, he voted for former Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump and then voted for President Biden.
On swing voters in Pennsylvania, voter Jack Payson said: “I really think it’s good that people are flexible, that they consider all the issues, that they have the right to change their notice.”
Voter William Castelberg Jr. said crime and the economy brought him to the polls.
“Crime is big, you know, it’s really big in the city of Philadelphia. I’d hate to see it happen in the suburbs here in Bucks County. The second thing is inflation. You know, there’s so much of people who can’t afford day in and day out, it’s sad,” he told Carroll.
Here are some state demographics: