The polls should give him hope, but Lynn Ruck doesn’t believe it. The last days of the race for the White House terrorize this Democrat from the northern suburbs of Raleigh, North Carolina, one of the “swing states”, those undecided states which can overturn the US presidential election of Tuesday, November 3 . “I’ve never been so anxious, it’s terrible,” she says. I run, I meditate, I do yoga, I walk… and that’s not enough. “
Donald Trump won North Carolina in 2016 with 3.6 points ahead of his opponent Hillary Clinton. This year, Democratic candidate Joe Biden is given the winner, but with such a short lead it is within the margin of error. Studies point to the crucial role of suburban women, and especially white women, who are gradually moving away from the Republican Party.
The problem is that Lynn Ruck does not observe this phenomenon on the ground. The 54-year-old entrepreneur lives in a pretty house not far from the polling station where she distributes information on Democratic candidates. “White women take more flyers from conservatives,” she observes, before accusing Republicans of spreading false information, especially on abortions at nine months of pregnancy which would be supported by the Democrats.
“Please love me”
Donald Trump has often made this accusation during his meetings. Lately he’s been speaking directly to suburban women, whom he interchangeably calls “housewives”: “Please love me! The theme of “law and order”, which has become its number one campaign argument after the riots following the death of African-American George Floyd, is also intended for them.
“It’s well played, it’s effective,” must admit Lynn Ruck. “People think if Joe Biden is president law and order are going to go away, which is crazy. July, met in the southern suburbs of Raleigh when she has just voted for Donald Trump, is not so categorical. This 41-year-old paramedic, a single mother of two, has no fear for her safety. “But I think the police have an important role to play, we need them. “
Listed as “independent” on the electoral roll, July had already given Trump her vote four years ago. Less for man than for his ideas. She, who has lived in the region since 1995, has the impression that the Conservative roots are weakening over time. “A lot of people from all over the country have moved here. But I would say that the advantage still remains on the Republican side. “
In front of her polling station, most of the women interviewed that day had indeed voted for Trump. Lauren, a 28-year-old executive, puts the economy above the rest. “My priority is my future and my finances. A strong stock market is what matters to me. I don’t need to be assisted by the government. “
Donald Trump, “he’s a misogynist pig”
Women Democrats from Fuquay-Varina, another suburb in southern Raleigh, assure, for their part, that enthusiasm is stronger than ever. To explain the lower presence of Democrats to vote in person a few days before the Tuesday November 3 poll, they are moving forward – to reassure themselves? – the surge in postal voting and the rush to vote from the first week of early voting.
They note that suburban women are increasingly educated and demographically diverse, with more racial minorities. Still, the persistent support of many white women for Donald Trump makes more than one jump. “To me, he’s a misogynist pig. How can you vote for a person who has so little respect for women? I can’t understand it, especially as a black woman, ”laments Jovita Simons, a very committed 64-year-old entrepreneur.
Rachel, a 32-year-old white housewife, brushes aside such remarks. “Yes Donald Trump is foul, yes he disrespects women. Yes, he says a lot of stupid things, ”admits this Republican. “But I don’t have to like him to know he’s more capable than Joe Biden. Once again, the incomprehension is total between the two Americas, even when they live side by side.
Original article by : www.leparisien.fr