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Some polls show the midterm elections are just over three weeks away, and some polls show the economy could be the deciding factor as voters worry about a recession.

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A race in the Pennsylvania Senate between famed surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz and Democratic Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman could determine whether Republicans or Democrats control the Senate in 2023.

While voters say they are concerned about crime and abortion rights, it looks like this race may come down to how people feel about their finances.

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“I think the candidate who wins this is the candidate who ends up with a stronger message about economics,” said sociologist Burwood Yost, director of the Center for Public Opinion Studies at Pennsylvania’s Franklin and Marshall College.

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BUT Franklin and Marshall College Poll found that 70% of Pennsylvania voters are dissatisfied with their current financial situation, and 40% expect their situation to worsen in a year. The stats are grim and voters Fox Business spoke to say they want to hear more decisions from candidates.

“It’s a big fear, I’m worried about the recession and job loss,” Pennsylvania voter Haresh Assumel said.

“It worries me a lot because I’m 61 and still working two jobs,” Pennsylvania voter Ed Johnson said. “It doesn’t get any easier.”

A rrecent Monmouth University poll shows that inflation far outweighs other thorny issues, including crime, abortion, immigration, and gun control. 82% of Americans say inflation is “extremely or very important” to their decision making. Meanwhile, inflation in September remained high at 8.2%.

Graphic title Monmouth University Poll: Voter Priorities.  Inflation - 82%, crime - 72%, immigration - 67%, abortion - 56%, gun control - 51%.

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AT Race to the Pennsylvania Senatecrime and abortion have dominated the conversation, but Yost believes the economy will be the deciding factor.

“Voters who are concerned about abortion rights are making decisions at the moment,” Yost said. “People who are concerned about crime, they are decision makers. I expect the real swing point for many swing voters will come down to economic issues.”

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From what the candidates have said about the economy, Oz believes that President Biden’s policies have led to inflation and the US should work towards becoming energy independent. Vetterman wants to cut taxes on the working class and make the national supply chain more sustainable by making more goods in America.