Pennsylvania Democratic Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman will defeat Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz in a crucial Senate election. Battle for control of the SenateNBC News Project.
With 90% of the votes counted, Fetterman led Oz from 49.4% to 48.1%, a margin of about 66,000 votes, according to NBC.
Fetterman successfully ousts Republican Senator Pat Toomey, transferring Republican-held Senate seats to Democrats.
Democratic Senator John Fetterman arrives at an election night party at StageAE in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, November 9, 2022.
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Democrats, least likely to hold a majority in the Senate heading into Election Day, were betting that the president would win a seat in a key swing state. Joe Biden defeated the former president donald trump 2 years before.
The expected verdict deals another blow to Trump, who backed Oz in the hotly contested Republican primary and campaigned for him in the general election.
“It’s official. I will be the next U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania,” Fetterman tweeted early Wednesday morning.
“We bet on the people of Pennsylvania – and you didn’t let us down,” Fetterman tweeted.
Oz, a famous doctor who invested millions of dollars of his own money in the first campaign for an elected office, trailed Fetterman in the polls throughout the race.
wealthy television presenter who lived in New Jersey until 1 year before campaign launchOz struggled to shake off accusations of being an out-of-touch carpetbagger with little to do with Keystone State.
Polls have shown Oz to be profitable in the final weeks of the race. His campaign was attacked with accusations that Fetterman was too crime-friendly and too far for Pennsylvania. However, Oz still held high unfavorable ratings heading into his election day.
Before midnight on Tuesday, Oz told a crowd of his supporters, “I believe we will win this race when all the votes are counted.”
A spokesperson for Oz did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment on NBC’s prediction.
In his victory speech, Mr. Fettermann said, “I am very sorry. Thank you very much.”
“We started this campaign almost two years ago with a slogan that is now on every billboard in every county, every vote,” he said. “And that’s exactly what happened. We thwarted them.”
In a speech, Mr. Fetterman admitted to having a life-threatening stroke in May, just before he won the Democratic primary. Stroke became a major focus of the campaign, as Oz and his allies questioned whether Fetterman would be healthy enough to serve in the Senate.
Fetterman’s attending physician expects the lieutenant governor to be able to work without restrictions, but noted lingering auditory processing problems. One discussion with Oz made it clear.
Fetterman said at the end of the debate that his campaign was “all about fighting for those who were knocked down in Pennsylvania and had to get back on their feet.”
https://www.cnbc.com/2022/11/09/pennsylvania-senate-fetterman-beats-trump-pick-oz-nbc-news-projects.html Fetterman Defeats Trump Nominee Oz, NBC News Project