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The top Georgia issues in Tuesday's presidential vote

Poll after poll of Georgia voters shows a few policy issues rising above the rest in the race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Here's a closer look at some of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's coverage of some of the biggest debates as you prepare to vote.


Trump’s call for an immigration crackdown - especially his signature pledge to build a wall along the border with Mexico - routinely wins wild applause from supporters. But some Georgia farmers say they depend heavily on Hispanic laborers because Americans won’t do physically taxing farm work, much of which takes place seasonally amid swarming gnats and blazing heat.

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Shuttered factories and closed-down businesses in hard-hit Georgia towns underscore Trump's America-in-decline campaign riff with low-wage Mexico, cheating China and feckless U.S. politicians to blame for emasculating the country’s working-class strength. Clinton once supported the North American Free Trade Agreement but has promised to “stop any trade deal that kills jobs or holds down wages.”

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Clinton said she wants to “end the epidemic of gun violence.” Trump has claimed she wants to "abolish the Second Amendment.” The debate is splitting many Georgia households.

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Most Georgians agree on one thing: across political parties an overwhelming number of the state’s voters say they would like to see the next U.S. president put a “major focus” on improving race relations.

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The economy

Two-thirds of Georgians say the country is headed in the wrong direction, but some voters are more hopeful about Georgia and its economic prospects. And a majority want the minimum wage raised - eventually - to $15 an hour.

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And click here for a summary on both candidates' positions on the top issues.

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Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.