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Dr. Oz faces McCormick and Barnette


Mehmet Oz, celebrity physician and Republican U.S. Senate candidate for Pennsylvania, speaks during a town hall in Bell Blue, Pennsylvania, U.S., Monday, May 16, 2022.

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Polls closed Tuesday in the Pennsylvania primary election, including a high-profile and hyper-competitive Republican fight that could play a deciding role in which party controls the U.S. Senate after the midterms.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, the famed doctor and former host of ‘The Dr. Oz Show,’ made waves when he announced he would run as a Republican for the Senate seat vacated by the incumbent GOP senator. Pat Toomey. He received the coveted endorsement of former President Donald Trump, and his campaign reportedly spent more than $12 million in the race on advertising alone.

But Oz, a first-time activist who has lived in New Jersey for two decades, was neck and neck in the polls with two other Republicans: former hedge fund CEO Dave McCormick and right-wing commentator Kathy Barnette, who surged in popularity in the final days of the primary.

Whoever wins the Republican primary could face John Fetterman, Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania. The Republican and Democratic Senate primaries were too early to call shortly after polls closed at 8 p.m. ET, according to NBC News. Fetterman leads the Democratic pack, according to NBC.

Toomey’s Senate seat could prove one of the most competitive in the general election, as Democrats try to maintain control of a chamber split 50-50 by party.

A public poll shows Fetterman the frontrunner against his main rivals, U.S. Representative Conor Lamb and State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta.

Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate for Pennsylvania, takes a selfie with attendees during a meet and greet at the Weyerbacher Brewing Company in Easton, Pennsylvania on May 1, 2022.

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His Senate bid took a turn over the weekend, as Fetterman’s campaign announced that the candidate had suffered a stroke and was hospitalized. Fetterman said in a statement that he expects a full recovery, although illness took him off the beaten track in the final days of the primary.

Earlier Tuesday afternoon, the Democratic campaign said Fetterman had successfully completed surgery to implant a pacemaker with a defibrillator. He is resting in hospital after the procedure, which lasted more than two and a half hours, according to his campaign.

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