Democrats Pick Up a Senate Seat With Fetterman’s Victory Over Oz Staff | November 9, 2022 | 2:03pm EST
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(Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
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( - The Democrats picked up the U.S. Senate seat currently held by the retiring Republican Sen. Pat Toomey when Lt. Gov. John Fetterman defeated Dr. Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania.

With 94.4 percent of the votes in, Fetterman led Oz by 50.4 percent to 47.1 percent.

Fetterman won by large margins in Philadelphia and its suburbs, in Pittsburgh and in the state capital of Harrisburg. He also won in Erie County along the shores of Lake Erie.

Oz won the more rural and less populated counties of the stated.

With 74.7 percent of the vote reported in Philadelphia County, Fetterman led Oz there by 81.59 percent to 16.8 percent.

In Allegheny County, where Pittsburgh is located, Fetterman led Oz by 63.1 percent to 35.2 percent with 95 percent of the vote reported.

In Dauphin County, where Harrisburg sits, Fetterman led Oz by 53.6 percent to 43.9 percent.

Fetterman is a graduate of Albright College, where according to the biography on his website, “he played offensive tackle” for the football team.

“He went on to earn a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government,” says his campaign-site biography.

“20 years ago, John came to Braddock [Pa.[ to start a GED program,” it says. “He became mayor, and for 13 years worked to build the once-booming steel town back from collapse. As Lieutenant Governor, John has transformed the position into a bully pulpit for criminal justice reform. He has led the fight to free the wrongfully convicted and give second chances to deserving longtime inmates, and championed the cause of legalizing marijuana on a historic tour of all 67 counties.”

Retiring Sen. Pat Toomey (R.-Pa.) was first elected to the Senate in 2010 and then reelected in 2016.  Before that he served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, after being first elected to the House in 1998.

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