A Labor Day lesson for forgotten Georgia candidates

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. AP file.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. AP file.

Politicians see Labor Day as the unofficial start of the election season, but no presidential race in recent history has made that idea seem so quaint.

In Georgia, as in other states, the presidential contest has held voters spellbound for more than a year, leaving most down-ballot candidates wondering whether anybody will pay attention to them as they stump for votes. And with good reason.

Trump vs. Clinton has simply sucked all the political oxygen out of the room this campaign season.

“I’m not paying attention down-ballot at all,” said Jacki Frye, an east Cobb resident who works for a beer distributor. Partisans will keep one lesson in mind.

“The most important piece for our candidates is to focus on the issues that are local,” said House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, leading the party’s efforts to target Republican House seats.

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newsphile
newsphile

Some choice we have for president.  One says she can't remember many of her meetings and didn't know the big "C" on her emails meant they were classified.  The other is just as scary when dealing with classified info.  One who will do anything for money; the other will do anything to prove he is above all others.  These are scary times.   

hijo
hijo

It's not only that the campaigns of Trump and Clinton 'have sucked all of the political oxygen out of this room', it's also and for a good part the media not giving other candidates the opportunity to be known to a wider public. Although they might not stand a chance, this is not a very democratic behavior and is keeping voters politically uninformed. These days, a lot of people don't even know that there is another official candidate on the ballot, as well as 3 write-ins. You have to google information about these people yourself since mainstream is just focusing on the dirty Clinton-Trump battle.