Inflation, spending, education, and crime are winning concerns for the GOP in the 2022 midterm elections, according to female Republican congressional candidates running against incumbent Democrats. Despite an unprecedented rise in inflation, President Biden’s almost $2 trillion Build Back Better Act has continued to move ahead in the Democratic-controlled Congress.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates the plan will add more than $350 billion to the deficit over the next decade. Just the News reports, Congress approved two substantial coronavirus stimulus measures under President Trump. Under Biden’s leadership, the Democratic-led Congress passed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan in March 2021, bypassing the Senate’s legislative filibuster. Recently, Democrats approved a $1 trillion infrastructure measure with some Republican crossover support.
Amanda Adkins is running for Congress in Kansas’ Third Congressional District against Democratic incumbent Sharice Davids.
When asked which topics Adkins believed would most likely sway suburban female voters in the 2022 midterm elections, she said, “It really is about the economy, and it really is about the pocketbook when it comes to voters in our district.” She continued, “Inflation consistently comes up as a top issue for people because they’re feeling the pinch at the gas pump,” and noted that this past Thanksgiving was pricier than ever.
Additionally, Adkins explained:
“If you take into consideration rising wages but then the impact of inflation, it’s still somewhere between $1,500 to $2,000 in the negative for people in our district. So that is the overall issue that is driving a lot right now. But related to that, keep in mind, people recognize that a lot of that is due to federal spending, and an influx of money that’s in the system. So they are very, very frustrated by the overreach of the federal government and by all the spending, so limited government this cycle is going to be a huge, huge issue.”
In Virginia’s 10th Congressional District, Republican candidate Jeanine Lawson is running against Democratic incumbent Jennifer Wexton.
Lawson pointed to Glenn Youngkin’s recent victory in the Virginia governor’s race as proof that educational concerns and increased crime motivate suburban women to vote Republican. She stated, “I can tell you in Northern Virginia, which we all know is a blue area, we saw a ground movement of suburban moms coming back to our party because of two key issues: the Critical Race Theory that is shoved down parents’ and kids’ throats, they are rejecting that. And also just the nonsense of soft on crime.”
Lawson and Adkins were both recently endorsed by E-PAC, which Elise Stefanik created to increase the number of Republican women in Congress.