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How Fetterman is taking on Oz
The Hill, Hannah TrudoAugust 1, 2022

How Fetterman is taking on Oz with an ‘irreverent,’ extremely online campaign

John Fetterman doesn’t want to be just another white guy from the Midwest promoting populism.

He wants to be the reason Pennsylvania has two Democrats in the Senate, and he’s willing to do the most to get there.

Accusing the competition of carpetbagging? Fine. Enlisting a reality TV star for laughs? Great.

Fetterman’s quest to beat Republican nominee Mehmet Oz is helping shape an election narrative in which both parties are trying to deflate their competition by any means necessary. And the state’s very-much-online race for the upper chamber is emerging as one of the most eccentric — and consequential — contests of the cycle.

Dr. Mehmet Oz has won the Pennsylvania Republican Senate primary after his opponent, David McCormick conceded the race. He is now set face off against Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, who has yet to return to the campaign trail after suffering a stroke, in the midterm elections. NBC News’ Dasha Burns reports

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The Citizen’s Voter Guide
Philadelphia Citizen, Natalie Parker & Julie PrattMay 20, 2022

There are many different positions up for election this year. That’s why Better Civics, a nonprofit dedicated to revolutionizing civic engagement through basic education, has teamed up with The Philadelphia Citizen to put together this voter guide that breaks down each office on the ballot and presents to you the candidates interviewing for the job.

Some of these offices you will be voting for are national (U.S. Congress and Senate), and the winners will represent you in Washington, D.C.

Some are statewide offices (governor, lieutenant governor), and these elected officials will represent you here in Pennsylvania.

Two offices (PA state representative and PA state senator) represent your local area at the state level.

And one office, committeepeople, represents you on a hyper-local level, in about a five-block radius.

This year, there is one other change: redistricting. Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation — our representatives in Congress — is dropping from 18 to 17 because the state’s population grew more slowly than many other states. Due to changing census numbers, local district lines also changed similar to congressional lines. Additionally, you may have a new state representative and state senator this year. Philadelphia’s growing population allowed us to gain one full new seat to represent us in Harrisburg.

Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race could determine control of the chamber in November, and there are also a number of House contests being set that could decide control of that chamber. Plus a high-stakes race for governor is set.

Dr. Mehmet Oz has won the Pennsylvania Republican Senate primary after his opponent, David McCormick conceded the race. He is now set face off against Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, who has yet to return to the campaign trail after suffering a stroke, in the midterm elections. NBC News’ Dasha Burns reports.

After winning the Republican nomination for Pennsylvania governor, Doug Mastriano will now face the state’s attorney general Josh Shapiro. NBC News’ Vaughn Hillyard reports on whether Mastriano’s views on the 2020 election and his support for former President Donald Trump will sway mainstream voters.

MCCORMICK takes Pa. Senate ballot fight to court
Politico, Holly Otterbein et al.May 23, 2022

The war over every last vote in Pennsylvania’s too-close-to-call Senate GOP primary is now officially headed to the courts.

David McCormick’s campaign filed a lawsuit Monday afternoon arguing that election officials must count mail-in and absentee ballots that lack a date on their envelope, citing a federal court order released on Friday.

McCormick and his primary opponent, Mehmet Oz, have been squabbling over whether undated ballots should be counted. The fight began late last week, after a three-judge panel on the federal 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals issued a judgment that undated ballots in a 2021 county judgeship election should be counted.

Tight Pennsylvania GOP Senate race; Mastriano wins gov nod
Associated Press, Will Weissert et al.May 18, 2022

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Donald Trump’s preferred candidate in Pennsylvania’s Senate Republican primary was essentially tied with a more traditional rival, while his pick for governor notched a commanding victory Tuesday as the former president worked to expand his hold on the GOP.

Doug Mastriano was already surging in the governor’s race when Trump issued an endorsement over the weekend supporting the far-right state senator. But Mehmet Oz, the celebrity heart surgeon endorsed by Trump, was locked with former hedge fund manager David McCormick in a race that was too early to call Wednesday morning.

Pennsylvania law requires recounts when the margin between the top two candidates is 0.5 percentage points or less. With just a few hundred votes separating Oz and McCormick, the result may not be clear for several days.