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NEWTOWN, PA — Democratic Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman won the Democratic Senate nomination for Pennsylvania on Tuesday despite suffering a stroke last week, as three leading GOP candidates face off in a primary too close before a midterm race. -mandate which is the key to the balance of power in the US Senate.
Fetterman defeated moderate Rep. Conor Lamb, D-Pa., in a victory for progressives in Keystone State.
While former President Donald Trump isn’t on the ballot Tuesday, his continued firm grip on the GOP is on the line in the Republican Senate showdown, after his endorsement and full press support from court last week and a half for Mehmet Oz, one of the frontrunners in the primary race.
Sen. Doug Mastriano is also attracting national attention – a staunch supporter of Trump’s repeated attempts over the past year and a half to challenge his 2020 election defeat, which was endorsed by the former president a while ago. barely three days. This could potentially cause major headaches for the GOP in the general election.
The Associated Press called Mastriano’s gubernatorial race Tuesday night.
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And the spotlight is also on state Rep. Summer Lee, a progressive lawmaker running in the Democratic primary for an open U.S. House seat in a very blue Pittsburgh-area congressional district.
Lee, who enjoys the support of giants on the left – including the senses. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez — could become the latest in the so-called “squad” of diverse and progressive House members if they win the primary election. The divisive primary has turned into a battle between the centrist and progressive wings of the Democratic Party.
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Meanwhile, Democratic candidates for Senate and governor made headlines on primary day due to their health conditions. Fetterman’s campaign said he was undergoing what they called “standard procedure” to implant a pacemaker with a defibrillator after suffering a stroke on Friday and being hospitalized. Fetterman — whom the AP expected to win the Democratic Senate nomination on Tuesday — said Sunday he was on the path to a “full recovery” and added that his “campaign isn’t slowing down at all.”
And Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who The Associated Press expected to win the Democratic gubernatorial primary on Tuesday, tested positive for COVID-19 on the morning of the primary.
OZ, BARNETTE, MCCORMICK THROWED BALLOTS IN CRITICAL GOP SENATE PRIMARY
Oz, the heart surgeon, author, celebrity physician, who until launching his Senate campaign late last year was the host of the popular “Dr. Oz Show” on television, told Fox News after voting that he felt “very confident” and was “in a very good position.
Oz was a top-two poll favorite for a few months in the GOP showdown to succeed retired Republican Sen. Pat Toomey, with co-runner Dave McCormick, a former hedge fund executive and West graduate. Point, Gulf War veteran and Treasury Department official in the administration of former President George W. Bush.
McCormick pointed to his “good momentum” and pointed to the high percentage of voters who said their decision was still not made before the primary. He noted that “there are a lot of undecided”.
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But the Republican primary has turned into a three-way showdown in recent weeks following a wave of support in public opinion polls for veteran and conservative commentator Kathy Barnette. An upbeat Barnette told reporters she was “so excited that we can make history by the grace of God.”
Other leading contenders in the big GOP primary field included Jeff Bartos, a real estate developer, philanthropist and 2018 Republican nominee for lieutenant governor, and Carla Sands, a real estate executive and major Republican donor who served as an ambassador to the Denmark during the Trump administration.
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The Oz and McCormick campaigns and outside super PACs backing both contenders year-to-date have spent tens of millions of dollars running TV, digital and radio ads attacking each other over their conservative credentials and issues keys, making the GOP the most expensive in the country so far this cycle.
Since his jump in the polls, Barnette has faced fierce attacks from rivals and other Republicans concerned about his lack of verification, his past controversial comments, his double-digit loss in a congressional election of 2020 and worries about being too extreme to win a state. general election in a purple state like Pennsylvania.