Pennsylvania has been a pivotal state for the last six years – one of the few swing states to determine the outcome of both the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections and now it’s in play again – a midterm year that will determine control of the US Senate. Fortunately, things are going well for Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, the Democratic nominee who is running to replace retiring Sen. Pat Toomey.
Over the second quarter of 2022, his campaign raised a total of $11 million – most of which was raised in thanks to small contributions – the average donation being $30. The even better news is that nearly 70% of his donations in the second quarter came from first time donors – which suggests the campaign is getting traction as voters understand the stakes.
Fetterman’s opponent is Dr. Oz – who still lives in New Jersey and ran for the Republican nomination with Donald Trump’s endorsement, even if it was after the former guy’s candidate of choice had to drop out of the race. In fact, you could say he’s also Erdogan’s candidate of choice, as Oz has some fairly questionable ties to Turkey – even voting in the 2018 presidential election.
Oz is trailing in the polls and trailing in fundraising in a fairly moderate state, in a race against a fairly popular candidate. This is clearly a fight we can win if we put in the work. Let’s not just flip a senate seat blue – but make sure Democrats take over the governor’s mansion and maybe even flip a state legislature in Pennsylvania.
James Sullivan is the assistant editor of Brain World Magazine and an advocate of science-based policy making