REPORTAGE. In the United States, the economy will be at the heart of the midterm elections

In the suburb of Wilkes-Barre, Brian looks gray when refueling his pick-up with its gargantuan 135-litre tank. Ford cap on the head, skull in style Punisherstylized skull – very popular with supporters of Donald Trump – on the rear windshield, this mechanic in his forties knows who to blame. It’s all Joe Biden’s fault, loose Brian after having offloaded 120 dollars (120 €). It’s twice as expensive as before!

This November 8, 2022, during the midterm elections, regardless of the name of the candidate, Brian knows who he will vote for:republican throughout the ballot. The voters of Pennsylvania renew all their representatives in the House, one of the two senators of the State, but also their governor and a whole host of local elected officials. Fan of ex-president Trump, the mechanic is a fervent denier (negationist), a term that designates those many Americans who firmly believe that the 2020 presidential election was rigged for the benefit of Democrat Biden.

Inflation plays in favor of Republicans

Brian appreciates the Republican contender for state governor all the more: Doug Mastriano is one of the denarii the loudest in the United States. On January 6, 2021, Mastriano took buses of pro-Trump activists past the Capitol in Washington DC​, recalls Dan Mallinson, professor of public policy at Penn State University, the largest in the state. He is therefore closely associated with the Trumpist rioters who attacked the Congress building to prevent the certification of the presidential result and the peaceful transmission of power to Joe Biden.

According to Professor Mallison, the key issue in this election should not differ from previous midterm polls, however: it will be…

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