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 October 7, 2022

Democrat John Fetterman falling short, polling shows neck and neck race with Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz

The race between Democrat Lt. Gov. John Fetterman and GOP candidate Dr. Mehment Oz is contentious. However, it looks like Republicans are gaining.

Oz is closing in on Fetterman in the Pennsylvania race for U.S. Senate, the Washington Examiner reported. The TV doctor has gained four points since August, with some polls showing the two men within the margin of error.

The Cook Political Report revised its analysis from "leans left" to a "toss-up" after Fetterman's lead went from 10 points to only 6. This is a game-changer heading into November's elections.

Both men are vying for the seat of retiring GOP Sen. Pat Toomey. The state's race is a pivotal one as it could be the deciding factor in whether the Senate is majority Republican or Democrat, as it is currently stuck at a 50-50 split.

"In conversations with several GOP strategists and lawmakers — who a month and a half ago had begun to put the Keystone State in the loss column — this has emerged as a margin-of-error race that they once again see winnable," Jessica Taylor, a poll analyst, said in her final report. "Republicans and Democrats alike admit the race has tightened and that Pennsylvania could be the tipping point state for the Senate majority."

A joint poll from Emerson College, WHTM-TV, and The Hill has Fetterman only two points ahead of Oz after a September of gains for the Republican. The Oz campaign believes it's because Pennsylvanians are learning about Fetterman.

"The momentum is with Dr. Oz in the closing weeks of the campaign as voters learn more about John Fetterman's dangerous views on decriminalizing dangerous drugs like heroin, his commitment to raising taxes on hardworking Pennsylvanians while failing to pay his own, and his policies that put criminals over victims and our communities," Casey Contres, campaign manager for Oz, said in a statement. Fetterman's campaign claims to be unphased, however.

Oz isn't ideal, but he's the best bet for Pennsylvania right now. It seems that with only weeks to go, it's still anyone's race.

Written By:
Christine Favocci

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