A Murray State University visiting professor says party label is the most important part of a voter’s decision in an election. Dr. Drew Seib researches how voters make their decisions. Seib says voters are more likely to vote and research candidates in a partisan election than in a non-partisan election. Seib says after party I. D., the economy is the strongest factor in a voter’s decision.
“It’s hard to find a study out there when you’re trying to predict who the voter’s going to vote for that doesn’t include the economy in the equation. It doesn’t matter whether it’s good or bad, it’s somehow in there," he said.
Political newcomers in far western Kentucky have set the economy as their number one campaign issue this election. The State House of Representatives have enough seats up for grabs to change party control from Democrat to Republican. This Friday at 11 a.m. hear a candidate forum between 3rd District State House candidates Gerald Watkins and Jason Crockett. Crockett hopes to keep the Republican seat held recently by Brent Housman.