To better understand this year mid term election, CBS News has identified key groups of voters whose motivations go beyond party labels. These include “pressured parents,” who are concerned about inflation and the well-being of their children. post-pandemic world,

CBS News sat down with three parents in the Philadelphia suburbs to talk about the issues driving their midterm vote, as the group could help determine and make a difference in Pennsylvania’s high-stakes election. Who controls Congress.

Heather Emery, a registered Republican, said crime is one of her top concerns.

“We have to do something on the offense,” Emery said. “We have to change that for our kids.”

Lisa Nelson-Haynes, a registered Democrat, said she is concerned about abortion access.

“I am concerned about a lack of self-agency and governance in the matter of my body or my daughter,” Nelson-Haynes said. “And I don’t understand the conversation when, you know, you say to people, ‘My body, my choice is baloney.’ But that was not the case when you were talking about wearing a mask.”

Gary Gantt, a registered liberal, called inflation his top concern.

All three parents said they had to adjust their lifestyles due to inflation. Emery said she was only buying what she needed, and that her children have noticed. Gant said his teenage son is “eating us home and out of the house.”

“I think more about things when I’m going shopping,” Nelson-Haynes said.

These are the issues in the middle of the US Senate race Democrat John Fetterman and Republican Mehmet Ozzy, Gantt said neither candidate is a good choice and he would probably vote for a third party.

The groups were all concerned about the pandemic’s impact on their children, but they differed on who was to blame.

“They’re incredibly behind,” Emery said. “And I don’t know if they’ll be able to dig – just like we can dig our own kids, right?”

Nelson-Haynes said, “There were milestones that were missed and with that, there has been a perception of your dreams and aspirations underpinning you.”

“Every institution has failed them in the last two, three years,” Gantt said.

Parents also said they were worried or scared. But each of them noted the importance of their votes in the election.

“Everyone I know understands that it’s important that they vote,” Nelson-Haynes said.

“I really think every vote will make a difference this year,” Emery said.

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