“I always thought that to some degree Val and Conor Lamb were competing for the same Democratic voter, and she obviously had an advantage in the Southeast being a high profile woman who was an elected official,” said Larry Ceisler, a longtime Philadelphia-based political analyst and Lamb supporter. “Now the suburbs are up for grabs and Conor, with his profile, fits the Philadelphia suburbs like a glove.”
Malcolm Kenyatta, a progressive state representative in Philadelphia, may also lay claim to some of Arkoosh’s voters due to the geographic proximity of the two officials, though Lamb has also aggressively sought endorsements from officials and union leaders in the Philadelphia area.
Although some supporters of Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman fear a departure from Arkoosh could hurt him – because they think it could help Lamb, and Fetterman benefits from a crowded field – a recent internal poll conducted on behalf of Fetterman’s campaign showed him in the lead. the Philadelphia suburbs by 31 points.
Arkoosh was the only high-profile female Democrat to run for the state Senate seat.