Philadelphia and its suburbs are once again at the center of national politics this week, as Pennsylvania voters could decide the balance of power in the US Senate in Tuesday’s midterm elections.
Monday is the last day for candidates to get on the ballot before Election Day, and in the US Senate race between Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz and Democratic Lt. John Fetterman and the Pennsylvania Governor’s race between Democratic Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Republican State Se. Doug Mastriano, key questions remain: Can Democrats turn out their base and how will the suburbs vote amid concerns about crime and Philly’s staggering homicide rate?
Crime One of the Core Points in the US Senate Race
“I believe that crime is the biggest issue of this election,” said Dr. Mehmet Oz, Republican candidate for the United States Senate.
“He never cared about crime. It never stopped him,” Democratic candidate John Fetterman said of Oz at his rally this weekend. “He put out a crime plan on his website about a week ago.”
Both candidates appeared across the Philadelphia suburbs this weekend, focusing on Bucks County, a key bellwether. They also had major campaign firepower from three presidents.
Pennsylvania will play a key role in the midterm elections. Democrats and Republicans made their final push in the key state over the weekend. NBC10’s Karen Hua has the details.
Fetterman received a boost from President Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama. Oz appeared on stage with former President Donald Trump in western Pennsylvania.
“I will bring change to Washington so they treat us like we deserve. You in?” Oz said as the crowd at his campaign event cheered. “We will win. God bless you.”
“By January, I’m going to continue to feel better and better, but Dr. Oz will still be a fraud,” Fetterman said.
Focus on Abortion Rights in Pennsylvania, Beyond
Abortion rights is another key issue driving people to the polls. Senator Susan Collins of Maine spoke on Oz’s behalf in Bucks County over the weekend, as she did not speak about abortion rights at a roundtable event.
“He doesn’t believe there should be a federal anti-abortion law,” Collins told reporters. “He has said he wants exemptions for sexual violence, burns, maternal health.”
Fetterman hit the stage in Philadelphia and the suburbs, saying abortion rights are at risk.
“Abortion is now on the ballot in this race,” Fetterman said. “Dr. Oz believes that local, political election officials should be involved in the decision.”
The latest voting after the Senedd race is very close. Forty-eight percent of Pennsylvania voters say they will definitely or probably vote for Fetterman, while 49% say they definitely or probably won’t, according to a Monmouth University poll released Wednesday. Forty-four percent say they will definitely or probably vote for Oz, compared to 54% who say they definitely or probably won’t vote.
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Fetterman will be back in Philadelphia on Monday with a “get out the vote” event, and Oz will be at a rally in Pennsburg, Montgomery County.
Final Push Rally Voters Choose Pennsylvania’s Next Governor
The two candidates in the governor’s race in Pennsylvania, Republican Doug Mastriano and Democrat Josh Shapiro, are also spending their final hours before Election Day in the Philadelphia region.
Shapiro has three stops and is scheduled to speak at the Sheet Metal Workers Union in Penn’s Landing on Monday night. She will start the day in North Philadelphia at an event focused on the eviction of Black women. He will wrap up the day in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, for a “get the vote” event just hours before the polls open.
“Our kids are struggling and they deserve help and help is on the way for our kids,” Shapiro said.
Republican Doug Mastriano will be holding events on Monday in our district as well. He will be speaking in Bucksshire with the first event early this afternoon in Newtown Square as part of his “Restore Freedom” tour. He also spent some time in our area this weekend talking about violence, especially in Philadelphia.
“Things are dangerous out there, it’s scary what’s happening in this area, and it breaks my heart,” said Republican State Sen. Doug Mastriano. “That shouldn’t be happening in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania should be the shining gem ahead [the] Delaware.”
Among several recent polls, Shapiro is shown leading by between five and 14 points. Both candidates will on Monday make their final attempt to get your vote.
For all the important candidates, issues and dates voters should know about in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, visit NBC10’s Decision 2022 page. You’ll find tools to help you navigate the midterm elections, including when to vote and who will be on your ballots in the November primary and general elections.