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Following a campaign filled with discussions on one’s own personal health and a fight for control of one of the nation’s battleground states, Pennsylvania Lt. Governor John Fetterman is moving on to the U.S. Senate. Trump-backed celebrity physician Mehmet Oz was defeated by him.
Pennsylvania now has its first open Senate seat in a decade after retiring Republican Sen. Pat Toomey resigned the seat. The Democrats benefit from Fetterman’s victory as they attempt to win larger margins on Capitol Hill.
Democrats currently have a slim House majority, while the Senate is evenly divided, with Vice President Harris holding the tie-breaking vote.
After having a stroke a few days prior to the primary, Fetterman’s health was put in jeopardy; he required pacemaker implant surgery. He didn’t go out on the campaign trail again for two months and just made video appearances.
In fact, Fetterman returned to the road and conducted some interviews with closed captioning.
Oz, who gained notoriety through appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, declared his candidacy for the Senate last year on the grounds that he disagreed with the way the federal government handled the COVID-19 outbreak.
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