Barely a day has passed where we haven't fielded calls from ordinary voters and political campaigns alike, wondering whether we would endorse candidates in today's election. One eager campaign for a statewide office called us at least twice.
Typically we don't endorse in primaries, but we've told those callers -- and we're repeating it now -- that the importance of your vote in today's election shouldn't be underestimated.
People are worried. They're scared. Folks are unsure which direction our reeling economy will take them, as government appears more willing than ever simply to spend more. So consumers are cautious about how they spend, and business owners are equally skittish about hiring and re-investing in themselves.
That's why interest in this election is growing. Citizens don't want to keep living like this, walking on economic eggshells. They should be eager to cast votes today for candidates who can give measured guidance in a new direction.
Political coverage by The Chronicle and its news partners have gone a long way to help educate voters on where each candidate stands in local, state and national races. If you haven't been keeping close tabs over the pats few months, take a crash course by looking at our Sunday paper, or scouring our website, chronicle.augusta.com.
Political tea leaves can shift at a moment's notice. Take the Georgia governor's race. Republicans Karen Handel and Nathan Deal won recent endorsements, respectively, from Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich. When that sunk in with voters, the race turned John Oxendine's lead into a lead for Handel, and a close three-way foot race for second place.
So get smart. The best voter is an educated voter.
The motivation is there among voters. It's glaring. Citizens are facing uncertainty, and are looking for the right people to help lean us toward fiscal sanity in government, and away from a more dismal economic future that's jeopardizing our jobs and our finances.
This could be one of the most important ballots you cast.