Investigative Reporting Workshop
Super Tuesday: Will economy sway voters?
Tuesday, March 6th, 2012
Georgia and Ohio are the jewels of the 2012 Super Tuesday contest.
These two states account for a third of delegates at stake in one of the largest days yet in the race for the Republican nomination. But both states are also pictures of economic challenge, as shown in the chart, which documents the current unemployment rate of those states voting today.
Atlanta was one of the centers of the housing collapse. Ohio, like other Rust Belt states, struggles to reinvigorate its economy after large declines in manufacturing. Both states are ranked in the Top 10 states with the most foreclosure activity, according to RealtyTrac.
Unemployment rates in all 10 states has dropped from recession highs. But poverty rates in all but one state, Massachusetts, have risen since 2008, according to Census data.