Democrat John Fetterman and Republican Mehmet Oz face off for the US Senate in Pennsylvania.
Fetterman is the state’s lieutenant governor and Oz is a famous doctor and a first-time candidate.
Pennsylvania is a battleground state that Biden won in 2020 by a margin of 1.2 percentage points.
Democrat John Fetterman and Republican Mehmet Oz are fighting for a vacant seat in the US Senate in Pennsylvania.
Polls are closed.
Counting the votes will take longer than expected. Philadelphia city commissioners recently passed a measure that will delay the counting of votes for the city of 1.57 million people. Voting was extended to 10 p.m. in Luzerne County, two hours later than polling stations in the rest of the state were shut down after the county experienced ballot problems.
Candidates for the US Senate in Pennsylvania
Fetterman and Oz are vying to secure the resignation of GOP Sen. Pat Toomey in a battleground race vital to the fate of both parties in the US Senate — and a seat Democrats want to wrest from Republican control.
Fetterman has been lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania since 2018 and was previously the mayor of Braddock, a western county. Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon, rose to prominence as a doctor thanks to Oprah Winfrey’s revelations and is best known for his work on television, in which he portrayed “Dr. Oz Show” hosted.
Fetterman, a progressive, is focusing his campaign on being a reliable 51st vote for Democratic priorities in the Senate. Like many Democrats running statewide, he is a strong advocate of enshrining abortion rights in federal law after the Supreme Court ruled Roe v. Wade lifted in June. He also supports changing the current filibuster rules to make it easier to pass Democratic-led legislation and strongly supports the legalization of marijuana, even urging President Joe Biden to decriminalize marijuana.
Fetterman’s campaign has also criticized Oz on social media for living in New Jersey for much of his adult life and career.
Meanwhile, Oz has hammered Fetterman for his political positions, trying to tie him to Biden’s low public approval ratings. Oz, like many Republicans, has focused his platform on issues like the economy and crime.
Fetterman’s health was also a key focus of the race as the contestant is recovering from a stroke he suffered in May. Oz’s campaign pressured Fetterman, who was having difficulties with auditory processing, to release more medical information about his condition. Fetterman recently released a medical note stating the candidate is “recovering well from his stroke and his health has continued to improve.”
Election History in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania is a competitive swing state, having backed former President Donald Trump by 1.2 percentage points in the 2016 presidential election before tipping over in the 2020 election to support Biden by 1.2 percentage points.
In the Senate, incumbent Democratic Sen. Bob Casey defeated his GOP opponent Lou Barletta by 13 percentage points in 2018, a year of the Democratic Wave. Toomey, on the other hand, defeated his last Democratic opponent, Katie McGinty, by just 1.5 percentage points in 2016.
The Money Race
This race will surely be one of the most expensive 2022 midterm races in the nation.
As of Oct. 19, Fetterman has raised $56.7 million, spent about $52.1 million, and has about $4.5 million in cash, according to OpenSecrets. Oz has raised $40.4 million, spent $37.7 million and has $2.6 million in cash as of October 19. Oz is personally responsible for most of the money his campaign has raised.
Meanwhile, Super PACs, national party committees, politically active nonprofits and other non-candidate groups combined have spent more than $240 million on the race through Nov. 7, including the primaries.
What experts say
The Fetterman-Oz race is classified as a “toss-up” by Inside Elections and The Cook Political Report and “leans Democratic” by Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics.
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