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Pennsylvania Senate Race Tightens as Oz Makes Gains on Fetterman

Pennsylvania Senate Race Tightens as Oz Makes Gains on Fetterman

“poll released Thursday shows Mr. Oz has ‘significantly’ improved his standing in the race since its last poll was published in August”

In the race for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, Republican candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz is making gains on Democrat John Fetterman, according to new polling.

A few months ago, it looked like Fetterman had this race wrapped up, but he has been dogged by issues surrounding his health and record.

Also, Republican voters are starting to solidify support for Oz.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports:

Fetterman’s lead in U.S. Senate race is shrinking as Oz wins over GOP voters, latest poll shows

The U.S. Senate race between Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman and Republican celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz is tightening.

A Franklin & Marshall College poll released Thursday shows Mr. Oz has “significantly” improved his standing in the race since its last poll was published in August.

Now, Mr. Fetterman leads him by just three points, 45% to Mr. Oz’s 42%.

This increase in support can be credited to the work Mr. Oz has done to win over GOP voters and drive up negative opinions of his Democratic opponent, said Berwood Yost, the poll’s director and political science professor at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster.

“It was bound to happen,” Mr. Yost said. “The gains that Oz is making primarily come from Republicans turning back to him.”

The Hill has more on this:

Oz closes on Fetterman in latest Pennsylvania Senate poll

A majority of Fetterman supporters, or 61 percent, said they felt enthusiastic about their chosen candidate — while just over a third, or 38 percent, of Oz’s supporters felt the same about the Republican.

Amid ongoing concerns about the Democrat’s health after he suffered a stroke shortly before his primary, 34 percent of voters in the poll said they were concerned Fetterman isn’t healthy enough to be the state’s senator, up from 23 percent who said the same in July.

On the other hand, 43 percent of voters said they were concerned TV personality Oz isn’t familiar enough with Pennsylvania in order to be senator — though the count is down from 52 percent in July. Oz, who previously resided in New Jersey, has faced criticism over whether he’s in touch with the constituents he’s vying to represent.

The new survey follows other recent polling that’s put Fetterman ahead of Oz by small margins as November’s midterm elections grow nearer.

One of the issues hurting Fetterman is crime, and apparently, his campaign knows this. They have deleted a section from his website devoted to Black Lives Matter.

FOX News reports:

John Fetterman wipes Black Lives Matter section from campaign site amid attacks over crime

Senate candidate John Fetterman, D-Pa., has removed mentions of Black Lives Matter from his campaign website in the last month, a review of archived webpages showed.

The “issues” page on Fetterman’s website currently includes sections on inflation ,criminal justice reform, legalizing cannabis, renewable energy, immigration and several other topics, but doesn’t include any section devoted to Black Lives Matter. Archived copies of the page, though, show that as recently as Aug. 22, the same page highlighted Fetterman’s commitment to Black Lives Matter.

“John served as mayor of a city that’s more than 80% Black, and has championed the idea that Black lives matter since long before it became a hashtag,” the previous version of the campaign website stated under a section titled “Black Lives Matter.”

This is still a competitive race. The big question now is when we will see a debate.

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There will be major cheating
I’m sure they can find a toilet to overflow

Oz will win in a fair fight

    Danny in reply to gonzotx. | September 29, 2022 at 6:03 pm

    That isn’t what we have seen so far.

      henrybowman in reply to Danny. | September 29, 2022 at 7:13 pm

      What, because of the “polls?” Ha ha ha ha ha ha!
      Republicans say no to pollsters. Or lie to them.
      “Ja, Sturmhauptführer, ich bin Jude.”
      Hey, it COULD happen.

        1. Do you have an example of that?

        2. By what metric do you think Oz is winning? People ostensibly on his side are routinely telling his voters to stay home, he generates no enthusiasm among the working class voters, part of his base has decided they hate him, and he is facing a side whos voters have the common sense to march in lockstep as soon as the primary ends.

        I hope he wins, but I am not willing to say he is winning without at least some form of evidence of it. Pretending to be winning is the second best way to create complacency and keep voters on your side home (the best way of course is to tell people their vote doesn’t count).

          henrybowman in reply to Danny. | September 29, 2022 at 10:16 pm

          1, Hillary’s blowout. Maybe you missed it.
          2. By subtracting the ubiquitous MSM spin factor from the poll results.

          Ironclaw in reply to Danny. | September 29, 2022 at 11:37 pm

          Tell me, since when have republicans not overperformed polls recently? The polls all seem to slant with a democrat bias and the only ones who even seem to get close are Trafalgar groupl

          taurus the judge in reply to Danny. | September 30, 2022 at 7:33 am

          Danny, what “example” of anything you post do you have?

          You are the unchallenged king of unsubstantiated 1 liners with no supporting case whatsoever.

          What metric is Oz losing? ( the same metrics we already know to be slanted?)

          What examples do you ever have, taurus the judge? You make wild claims about your expertise in numerous and unrelated fields, but we are supposed to buy what you are selling? Some may. I do not.

        1. You stated “Republicans say no to pollsters. Or lie to them.
        “Ja, Sturmhauptführer, ich bin Jude.”
        Hey, it COULD happen.” and I asked you for an example and you failed to provide it I think that very clearly establishes you don’t have one.

        2. I asked for some kind of evidence Oz is winning, and you didn’t provide it. There is evidence J.D. Vance is winning, There is evidence Herschel Walker is winning, there is evidence Mike Lee is winning, there is evidence Laxalt is winning, why can’t you provide evidence Oz is winning?

        3. Having reality on your side is helpful. In reality we have won very close elections in PA (2016 was by less than 1%) however Democrats have won some major landslides in PA (in reality they won 2018 by a landslide margin, and we then proceeded to lose the 2020 election there and yes if there was some kind of evidence for over 100k cases of voter fraud you would have evidence of it 2 years later).

        The best way to support Oz is to encourage people to vote for him, not pretend he is winning and that if he loses it is voter fraud (which is a great way to lose 2024 in PA). The voter fraud message discourages voting because it means your vote is meaningless.

          henrybowman in reply to Danny. | October 1, 2022 at 3:38 am

          “I asked you for an example and you failed to provide it”
          Jeez, Danny. I DID provide it.
          Look up there. It’s RIGHT THERE.
          Everybody can see it… except you.
          Doesn’t say much for you “having reality on your side.”

It’s not much about representation by state anymore but by which team wins the national votes in the Senate, voting in lockstep as they do. A stroke doesn’t change that much.

It doesn’t say much about Pennsylvanians that they prefer someone who has cognitive issues to someone who does not

    Danny in reply to rochf. | September 29, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    I would vote for a Republican with cognitive issues who would take the senate majority leader from Chuck Schumer no questions asked, and I should hope you would to.

    A better question is how PA residents find the status quo wonderful and will continue supporting Biden.

    I would pick stalemate in the senate with no further Biden judges or appointees to any other position any day. Democrats are just thinking strategically.

    Is having a working brain a requirement to be a Democrat? IMO Biden likely has had cognitive issues since he had two brain surgeries in 1988 for aneurysms, one burst. Plenty of people have voted for him. /s

      Ironclaw in reply to jb4. | September 29, 2022 at 7:47 pm

      Plenty of ballots, we don’t really know about the voters.

      Danny in reply to jb4. | September 29, 2022 at 8:29 pm

      Individually there are morons and senile people on our side to (the reason Georgia had 2 senate elections and Biden ended up with the senate is an elderly senator from Georgia had to step down due to health).

      However we need to judge a political movement as a group.

      In the last 20 years we literally lost every battle.

    henrybowman in reply to rochf. | September 29, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    Asked and answered, counselor.

    alexm in reply to rochf. | September 30, 2022 at 8:07 am

    These candidates are foolish for not tackling the central voter issue about the fact that the Steeler’s stadium isn’t named after ketchup.

2 bad candidates in a close race

    guyjones in reply to geronl. | September 29, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    Any way you slice it, Fetterman is about 1,000 times worse than Oz. I’ll take a flawed GOP candidate over any Dumb-o-crat, any day of the week.

Fetterman is transparently a shiftless, ne’er-do-well parasite, proffering the same old, utterly insane, criminal-coddling Dumb-o-crat idiocy.

The only place this reprobate belongs is in a straitjacket and confined to a mental institution.

“Republican celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz …

“A Franklin & Marshall College poll released Thursday shows Mr. Oz …”

That would be Dr. Oz. And I’m sure he treats more patients than just celebrities. What gives, Post-Gazette?

This mutant is going to lose, and the polls – once again – will be proven to be nothing more than propaganda,

Fetterman is a worse candidate than Sundowner was, yet see lots of yard signs for him. Really none for Dr Oz, yet think it’s voters hiding even though Dr Oz is a safe vote for fence sitters

The Screaming-D’s and Feckless-R’s are both running candidates and campaigns that could lose to literally anybody.

Fascinating.