According to a race call made by The Associated Press, Pennsylvania’s Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman has emerged victorious in the state’s Democratic primary for the seat of the United States Senate.
In the primary election, Rep. Conor Lamb was defeated by the 6-foot-9-inch Fetterman, who frequently appears at campaign rallies wearing shorts and projects the appearance of a genuine anti-politician.
In spite of the fact that he had a stroke the previous weekend and was unable to participate in the remaining events of the campaign, many people predicted that Fetterman would come out on top.
On Tuesday, his campaign made the announcement that he will be going in for surgery to have a pacemaker implanted. Fetterman has indicated that he will be all right.
Despite being viewed as a rising Democratic star in the Trump era, Lamb, a more moderate candidate, was unable to make any significant headway against Fetterman, a former small-town mayor who supported Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential run. Fetterman was a supporter of Sanders’ bid for the presidency.
State Senator Malcolm Kenyatta, who aimed to make history by being the first LGBTQ politician in Pennsylvania history to win election to a statewide position, fell farther and further behind.
The next opponent for Fetterman will be whoever emerges victorious from the Republican primary.
Going into Tuesday, the race for the Republican nomination was a close one, with recent polls showing that the three front-runners in the race — celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz, former hedge fund CEO David McCormick, and conservative commentator Kathy Barnette — were all within single digits of one another.
Donald Trump, who served as president of the United States, has backed Oz.
In November, the Republican winner and Fetterman will compete against each other for the open Senate seat in Pennsylvania, which has not been vacant for the past ten years.
The incumbent Republican senator from Pennsylvania, Pat Toomey, has announced that he would step down at the conclusion of his term.
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The stakes in the general election will be quite high for both parties. The Senate is evenly divided along party lines, but the Democrats have the ability to break ties thanks to the vote of Vice President Harris.
President Joe Biden issued a statement in which he indicated that Democrats are in agreement over their support for Fetterman.
Biden said to Fetterman “the working class folks in Pennsylvania and the rest of the country have been dealt with for far too long, and this understanding comes from someone who cares.
It is time to deal them back in, and choosing John to represent Pennsylvania’s working people in the United States Senate would be a significant step forward for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”