Fetterman defeats Trump's endorsed candidate, Oz to win Pennsylvania senate seat


John Fetterman with family after his victory. Photo: Quinn Gablicki/Reuters

John Fetterman of the Democrats has defeated Mehmet Oz, who has been endorsed by former President, Donald Trump, to win the Pennsylvania Senate race.

Trump had backed Oz to win but he crumbled to Fetterman who is still recovering from stroke he had last year.

The picked up the seat following the retirement of GOP Sen. Pat Toomey. With this, the Democrats have taken what used to be the stronghold state of Republicans.

Democrat John Fetterman will win the Pennsylvania Senate race, CNN projects, defeating Republican Mehmet Oz and helping Democrats pick up the seat following the retirement of GOP Sen. Pat Toomey.

According to CNN, Fetterman, the lieutenant governor since 2019, and Oz, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, ran one of the most contentious and expensive Senate contests in the country – all of it while Fetterman continued his recovery from a pre-primary stroke that often limited his ability to speak on the trail.

For Democrats trying to preserve their control of what has been a Senate split 50-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris as the tie-breaking vote, Fetterman’s win could prove decisive. The commonwealth entered Election Day as one of at least nine states holding what were expected to be competitive Senate races.

Fetterman has thanked supporters and those who voted for him after CNN projected he would win, saying, “I never expected that we were going to turn these red counties blue. But we did what we needed to do.”

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