Midterm elections 2022, Italian-American teacher: “I fear violence in Georgia”

“Surely there will be disputes and appeals with the polls closed”

In Georgia, one of the key states of the midterm elections, the battle is on a tightrope between Democrat Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker. The latest polls indicate a head and head and “surely” with the polls closed there will be “protests and appeals”, but “personally I am afraid that after the vote violence may break out”. This was stated in an interview with Adnkronos Christine Ristaino, Italian-American professor of Italian language and culture at Emory University and author of ‘All the Silent Spaces’ who from Atlanta comments on the political situation in the former slave state where in 2020 the Reverend Warnock broke a long Republican rule that had been going on since 1996.

Ristaino fears that incidents may occur in Georgia along the lines of the attack on Capitol Hill on January 6 that shocked the world. “For Trump it is not possible for the Democrats to win an election and he encourages his followers to rise up when this happens”, explains the teacher, according to which in the Southern State there are “many angry people who believe the lies, they think that the process election is distorted and are convinced that they are fighting for the future of our democracy “.

The challenge between the reverend and the former football star, says Ristaino, was fought in the electoral campaign on two main issues: abortion, after the strict entry into force in July that prohibits it from the sixth week and on which the two candidates “have opposing positions”, and inflation, which “I believe could be decisive. Many believe that Republicans can fight it better than Democrats”, but the key factor in determining the outcome of the Senate vote, he points out. , will be the turnout, which “if it is high it will surely reward the Democrats”.

The one between Warnolk and Walker, he continues, is a challenge between two completely different visions of the world, even if it is “wonderful that two blacks are competing”. The first “is an honest person and wants to give more economic aid to the poor, especially those most affected by Covid. He is a person who has recently sat in Congress but who has already done many positive things”, the republican instead believes that The state must “interfere as little as possible” in the economy and it is for “traditional values ​​and for the family” even though its electoral campaign was characterized by several “scandals”.

Georgia, says the teacher, is today a “purple state, perfectly divided in half”, as the latest polls indicate, between the blue of the Democrats and the red of the Republicans, with the first strong in the capital Atlanta and the second more rooted in the suburbs and small towns. “The most important thing – she concludes – is that people go to vote, although the procedures have been complicated compared to previous years. The record of ‘early voting’ recorded gives me hope”.