Pennsylvania voters show their support for John Fetterman and Mehmet Oz shortly before the candidates take the debate stage

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Democratic Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman; Republican celebrity TV doctor Mehmet Oz.

  • A small gathering of Pennsylvania voters lined the street outside the news studio where John Fetterman and Mehmet Oz were set to debate.
  • Voters expressed their support for their preferred candidates on Tuesday evening.
  • It’s the first and only debate that the two candidates will participate in before Election Day. 

Harrisburg, PA — Pennsylvania voters on Tuesday evening showed their support for Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman and Republican celebrity TV doctor Mehmet Oz outside a news studio in the state capital, Harrisburg, where the two opponents for US Senate would soon take the debate stage.

John Abbott, a 62-year-old Democratic voter, strolled the street bearing a large cardboard sign with the words, “Big John has my vote,” printed on it.

“He’s hitting the button in the right places for me on” abortion rights and LGBTQ+ issues, Abbott said of Fetterman, adding that, “the rhetoric on the other side” has gotten “dangerous.”

The general election for Pennsylvania’s open Senate seat, being vacated by retiring Republican Sen. Pat Toomey, is one of the most crucial midterm races in the country as it could determine which party controls the upper chamber. Democrats are eyeing the Keystone State to expand their majority, while Republicans hope to hold on to the seat in their bid to flip the Senate red.

 

Tuesday night is the first and only debate that Fetterman and Oz will participate in ahead of Election Day, now two weeks away.

Voters said they want to hear the candidates reaffirm their positions on issues that are driving them to the polls: abortion, the economy, immigration, crime, and education.

“I’m happy to support Dr. Oz,” Laurie, a 55-year-old Republican voter from nearby Cumberland County, told Insider. “I think he just needs to keep reinforcing the conservative principles of freedom – no mandates, no lockdowns, vote what his people sent him there to vote on, no caving to the leftist ideologies.”

For 74-year-old voter Corrine Sechrist, Oz has her vote because former President Donald Trump supports him.

“I trust President Trump’s judgment,” Sechrist said, “We’re putting our trust in [Oz] and we’re voting for him because we love our president. And our president is Donald J. Trump.”

In recent days, Oz has closed in on a commanding lead long held by Fetterman, with several pollsters rating the race as a “toss-up.”

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