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CNN anchor Laurie Dhue talks with professor Larry Sabato about the upcoming election (10-31-98)

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Pocketbook outweighs impeachment in U.S. elections

(CNN) -- How important is the presidential impeachment issue to the elections Tuesday? Not very, says Larry Sabato, a professor at the University of Virginia and one of the nation's leading experts on politics and the electorate.

"The Clinton factor is primarily a motivator" to get both Republicans and some Democrats out to vote "but I don't think it's driving the election," Sabato said on CNN Saturday morning. "What's driving the election is mainly the economy, as it always does."

Sabato says the typical U.S. voter asks two questions before voting: Am I better off financially today than I was a year ago, or four years ago, and what is the unemployment rate?

"It all really comes down to what people care about most -- whether we all want to admit it or not -- and that really is the pocketbook," Sabato said.


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