The race for Senate in Pennsylvania between Democrat Lt. Governor John Fetterman and former television personality Mehmet Oz appears to now be swinging back into the latter’s favor, at least in relative terms.
According to the Cook Political Report the Pennsylvania race is now listed as a ‘Toss-up’ instead of ‘lean Democrat.’
New rating change: #PASEN moves from Lean D to Toss Up
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— Cook Political Report (@CookPolitical) October 4, 2022
“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.” The report noted.
Polls monitoring the race have tighten in recent weeks as Oz has increased his attacks on Fetterman’s reluctance to debate as well as his problematic and declining health conditions.
Fetterman suffered a near fatal stroke earlier this year that left him with serious auditory processing issues that he is reportedly still dealing with.
The report also noted that Fetterman’s vote share has continued to decrease in recent polls:
“The more interesting number, as Amy Walter has previously written about, is that Fetterman's vote share has decreased — and as we saw in polls in 2020, for Democrats especially, it's been more instructive to look at that number as a possible ceiling” https://t.co/tmJBwEvvlc
— Josh Kraushaar (@JoshKraushaar) October 4, 2022
The news comes in the wake of a messaging pivot by the Oz campaign which in recent weeks has become much more aggressive about attacking Fetterman, not only over his health and reluctance to debate but also over his ‘soft on crime’ politics.
A message which appears to be resonating with voters.
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The poll numbers I am seeing are mind boggling. This article indicates that Dr. Oz is closing the gap with Fetterman in the Pennsylvania Senate race. Although this article did not include any percentages the term “toss-up” usually means their share of the vote are within a point or two of each other. But, just this morning on FOX & Friends a graph showed Fetterman with an 11.5% lead over Dr. Oz. A point or two difference might be reasonable for a number of reasons. But, this gap simply can’t be explained. Maybe that is the reason I take these early poll results with a grain of salt.
What I’m afraid of is a repeat of the mail-in vote fiasco that happened in 2020. I already know some dems who are voting by mail and don’t care what happens with the debate and obviously don’t care about fetterman’s mental acuity. They are so consumed by TDS, two years later, and a general hatred of Republicans which has been fed to them by the MSM. It’s a very sad situation.