For most of the summer, Pennsylvania Democrat John Fetterman held a comfortable lead over his GOP rival, Dr. Mehmet Oz.
Most polls gave Fetterman a double-digit advantage; some surveys even showed him up by over 20 points at certain times. However, that lead has completely disappeared in recent weeks.
And after a controversial debate performance, it looks like Fetterman’s fall from grace is complete.
The first post-debate poll is in, and it isn’t good news for Democrats. Though leftist leaders claim the debate didn’t hurt Fetterman that badly, Republicans have been celebrating a turning point.
And the latter party might be right, if the latest survey is correct.
Dr. Oz is now in the lead by nearly 3 points, and it seems that most people believe he won the debate as well. This could prove to be the catalyst that rockets the GOP candidate to victory in a few weeks.
Via The Daily Wire:
Republican Pennsylvania Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz has taken the lead in the race, according to a new poll.
The poll of 750 likely voters, conducted by independent pollster InsiderAdvantage on October 26, the day after Pennsylvania’s key Senate debate, showed Oz with a lead of just under three points against Democratic candidate John Fetterman.
The poll also found that a majority of voters thought that Oz won the debate.
The Republican now has a 2.7-point lead according to the poll: 47.5% to 44.8%, though 3.6% of voters remain undecided.
Oz continues to hold a big advantage among those aged 40-64, where he has a sizable 14-point advantage. He also has a huge lead among independent voters: 65.9% to Fetterman’s 22.5%.
In regards to the debate outcome, 53.6% of voters say the GOP candidate won the debate, while only 20.5% said Fetterman won. A whopping 25.9% were undecided, however.
The Democrat candidate has come under heavy scrutiny in recent weeks due to his questionable cognitive ability. Fetterman suffered a stroke that took him off the campaign trail for months.
Since then, he claims to have fully recovered but critics say there’s plenty of evidence to the contrary.
It’s possible that voters are increasingly worried about Fetterman’s mental acuity, which has led to his fall in the polls. He has also been criticized for his soft-on-crime approach.
This InsideAdvantage follows another survey that showed Oz with an even bigger lead of 4.5 points. That one was conducted before the debate.
Democrats are hoping to maintain control in the historically blue state of Pennsylvania. Currently, Democrat Governor Josh Shapiro appears to have a comfortable lead in his race.
However, the Oz/Fetterman election is pivotal in the battle for the Senate, which many experts still call a toss-up.
- The first post-debate poll shows Dr. Oz with a 3-point lead over Democrat John Fetterman.
- Oz holds a huge advantage with the 40-64 age group and independent voters.
- Many still say Fetterman hasn’t fully recovered from his stroke, and they slam his soft-on-crime policies.
Source: The Daily Wire