John Fetterman Claims He Beat Trump-Backed Dr Oz for a Senate Seat in Pennsylvania


John Fetterman took the win over TV personality Mehmet Oz in one of the most watched races for the Senate in this year’s midterm elections.

After months of campaigning and mostly personal attacks between the two candidates, the battle between Mr Fetterman and Dr Oz appears to have ended as one of the most expensive races of the 2022 cycle.

The Democratic Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania tweeted: “It’s official. I will be the next US Senator from Pennsylvania. We bet on the people of Pennsylvania – and you didn’t let us down. And I won’t disappoint you. Thank you.”

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The race appeared to be a lock for Democrats at first, but tightened over the summer as Republicans launched a barrage of attacks, bolstered by tens of millions of dollars in external spending and the full burden of the conservative media complex, that is. fire on mr. Fetterman and his recovery from a stroke.

His faltering performance at his only debate between himself and his opponent raised further alarm on the left, but proved insufficient to help the famed TV doctor overcome accusations that he was a spiraling celebrity selling snake oil and fake drugs. “miracle” cures peddled on his long-running program.

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The race presented a great opportunity for Democrats to salvage — or even expand — their Senate majority and potentially build the numbers necessary to change or remove the filibuster; that outcome seems more likely than ever with Mr Fetterman’s expected win.

dr. Oz took a victory in the GOP primaries earlier this year after Donald Trump’s endorsement allowed him to sneak past two other conservative candidates, David McCormick and Kathy Barnette. Both had appeared as potential contenders for Mr Trump’s favor but lost to Dr. Oz despite consternation from some conservatives in the party over the famed TV documentary’s bona fides.

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It was a scenario similar to the one played out in the Ohio GOP Senate primary where author JD Vance roared to victory with Mr Trump’s endorsement over a rival backed by conservatives in the party, Josh Mandel. .

Mr. Fetterman previously served as mayor of Braddock, capturing the Democratic nomination from his closest rival, Conor Lamb, just days after suffering his stroke. Discussions about his health and suitability for office would become a major issue in the future campaign, even as the Democrat released two letters from his doctor stating that he was fit to serve.

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