Dr. Mehmet Oz called on Democrat John Fetterman to concede his hard-fought Senate race in Pennsylvania, Fetterman’s campaign said.
“This morning at 9:30 a.m. Dr. Oz called John Fetterman to concede,” Joe Calvello, Fetterman’s communications director, posted on Twitter.
The victory in Keystone State boosted the Democrats’ chances of retaining their majority in the Senate, with Fetterman taking the seat of retired Republican Senator Pat Toomey.
With 94% of the constituency returns, Fetterman, the Commonwealth Lieutenant Governor, won 50.4% of the vote to Oz’s 47.2%. Fetterman claimed victory on Twitter just before 1 a.m. Wednesday.
“It’s official. I’ll be the next U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania. We bet on the people of Pennsylvania – and you didn’t let us down,” he said. “And I won’t let you down. Thank you.”
He then addressed his supporters, saying he was “humbled”.
The Senate race between hoodie-wearing Fetterman and the famous TV doctor has been one of the most watched national contests as candidates battle it out on the campaign trail.
Fetterman portrayed Oz as a baggage handler from New Jersey trying to buy his way to a Senate seat, while Oz hammered his Democratic challenger as soft on crime.
The campaign was highlighted by the near-fatal stroke Fetterman suffered in May, which kept him out of the strain for most of the summer and left him with treatment issues. audience who forced him to use a captioning device during their only debate last month.
But despite Fetterman’s win in Pennsylvania, Senate control remains undecided on Wednesday.
Races in Arizona, Georgia, Nevada and Wisconsin are still too close to announce. And the Peach State Senate election between Sen. Raphael Warnock and his Republican challenger Herschel Walker appears to be heading for a runoff on Dec. 6 as neither candidate managed to secure more than 50% of the vote.
New York Post