The top Georgia issues in Tuesday’s presidential vote

Republican nominee Donald Trump shakes hands with Democratic counterpart Hillary Clinton during the second presidential debate earlier this month. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Republican nominee Donald Trump shakes hands with Democratic counterpart Hillary Clinton during the second presidential debate earlier this month. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

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.

Immigration

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.

 Jose Tinajero of Mexico trims a blackberry vine at Paulk Vineyards.  BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

Jose Tinajero of Mexico trims a blackberry vine at Paulk Vineyards. BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

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Trade

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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Guns

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.

Andisheh Nouraee, a supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, poses for a portrait with one of his guns, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, in Decatur, Ga.  From mass shootings across the country, the Black Lives Matter movement, the targeting of police officers and Donald Trump's supposedly sarcastic call for 2nd Amendment enthusiasts to take care of business should Hillary Clinton be elected, guns are a key topic of the 2016 presidential race.  BRANDEN CAMP/SPECIAL

Andisheh Nouraee, a supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, poses for a portrait. BRANDEN CAMP/SPECIAL

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Race

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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