Just hours away from midterm elections some are showing their true colors and others are not afraid to speak out. In Pennsylvania, Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz is running against Democrat John Fetterman. Dr. Oz has enjoyed televised celebrity as a medical healer and got his start on the Oprah Winfrey Show. winfrey has sung Oz’s praises during his climb in popularity.
A new Emerson College / The Hill survey released on Thursday finds Oz leading Fetterman 48 percent to 46 percent among very likely voters. Four percent said they were undecided. The poll notes that Oz’s support has risen by 5 points since September. On the other side, Fetterman’s support has only ticked up by one point since then.
“Additionally, 54 percent of Pennsylvania voters said they expected Oz to win the election while 47 percent said the same about Fetterman. But the latest data comes just over one week after Fetterman came face-to-face with Oz in Pennsylvania’s first and only Senate debate this cycle, during which the Democrat had a rocky performance as a result of his ongoing recovery from a stroke he suffered last May. Oz, on the other hand, appeared in his element due to his experience in television, something Fetterman’s campaign acknowledged going into the debate,” The Hill reported.
“Fifty percent of voters said the debate worsened their opinion of Fetterman, while 20 percent said it improved their opinion of him. Another 31 percent said it made no difference. Forty-four percent of voters said the debate improved their opinion of Oz, while 25 percent said it worsened their opinion of the Republican candidate. Thirty percent said it made no difference in their opinion of him,” the outlet added.
Winfrey, a Democrat who previously supported former President Obama, endorsed Fetterman this week, Fox News reported.
“I’ll tell you all this, if I lived in Pennsylvania, I would have already cast my vote for John Fetterman for many reasons,” she said. “That is not the only race that matters,” Winfrey said. “If I was in North Carolina, as you mentioned, Sister [Cheri] Beasley there, and if I was in Florida, I’d be supporting Val Demings. If I was in Wisconsin, it would be Mandela Barnes. In Nevada, [Catherine] Cortez Masto, and in Texas, Beto O’Rourke and Raphael Warnock and the incredible Stacey Abrams, of course, in Georgia.”
“There are clear choices out there… the values we hold dear, the values of inclusion, the values of compassion and that so many of us share… Use your discernment and choose wisely for the democracy of our country,” she said.
Fetterman’s campaign said Winfrey’s support for the Democrat over Oz “speaks volumes.” “Oprah is widely regarded as the person who helped launch Dr. Oz’s career, and knows him well,” the campaign said.
Fetterman called her endorsement an “honor and privilege,” saying she is a “leader on so many issues — fighting for our democracy, passing common-sense gun reform, and ensuring racial justice. I’m grateful for Oprah’s support and trust on the issues that matter to people across the country and Pennsylvania as we close out this campaign.”
The known conservative singer Kid Rock answered Winfrey after she endorsed Fetterman against the man whose career she started, Republican candidate Oz.
Kid Rock shredded her in a tweet he sent on Saturday. “Oprah helped Dr. Oz with his career,” he said. “I assume because she vetted him and found him to be a wonderful person. Now she is against him. Oprah is a fraud. -Kid Rock.
Oprah helped Dr. Oz with his career. I assume because she vetted him and found him to be a wonderful person. Now she is against him. Oprah is a fraud. -Kid Rock.
— KidRock (@KidRock) November 5, 2022
Earlier this week, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the hometown newspaper of Fetterman, endorsed Oz.
The newspaper said that Oz was the “better bet for Pennsylvania” and cast doubts on Fetterman’s ability to serve as senator due to his recent stroke and his debate performance.
“During Tuesday’s debate, after hundreds of thousands of votes had already been cast, voters finally learned something about where the candidates stood. They learned, among other things, that Mr. Oz opposes federal intervention in abortion rights, and Mr. Fetterman supports the broader Constitutional guarantees provided by the overturned Roe v. Wade decision. They learned Mr. Fetterman supports a federally mandated $15-an-hour minimum wage, and Mr. Oz wants market forces to raise wages. They learned both candidates support fracking. They also learned both men are politicians, as they ducked and dodged questions about why they had changed their minds on fracking,” the editorial board said.
“Neither candidate has experience as a U.S. senator. Given the lack of substance during the campaign, many voters will have to make a leap of faith on Nov. 8. “We believe Mr. Oz is the better bet for Pennsylvania,” it said.
The board cited significant concerns about Fetterman, noting that he has recently suffered a stroke, has a lack of transparency, has lived off his family’s money and has no experience in holding real jobs, Conservative Brief reports.
𝐍𝐄𝐖 𝐏𝐎𝐋𝐋: Mehmet Oz holds 𝟮 𝗣𝗢𝗜𝗡𝗧 lead over John Fetterman in Pennsylvania Senate Race
(R) Mehmet Oz: 48% (+2)
(D) John Fetterman: 46%
— InteractivePolls (@IAPolls2022) November 3, 2022
With undecided leaners
— Emerson College Polling (@EmersonPolling) November 3, 2022