Philadelphia and its suburbs are at the center of national politics again this week, as the balance of power in the U.S. Senate could very well be decided by Pennsylvania voters in Tuesday’s midterm elections.
Monday is the last day for candidates to vote before Election Day, with the U.S. Senate race between Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz and Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman and the Pennsylvania gubernatorial race between Democratic Attorney General Josh Shapiro. As a republican state. Doug Mastriano, key questions remain: Can Democrats turn their base and how will the suburbs vote amid concerns about Philly’s crime and homicide rates?
Crime is one of the primary issues in the US Senate race
“I think the biggest issue in this election has been crime,” said Dr. Mehmet Oz, a Republican candidate for the United States Senate.
“He never cared about crime. He never stopped it,” Democratic candidate John Fetterman said of Oz at his rally this weekend. “He presented a crime plan on his website about a week ago.”
Both candidates made appearances across the Philadelphia suburbs this weekend, focusing on the key bellwether, Bucks County. They also had huge campaign firepower from three presidents.
Pennsylvania will play a key role in the midterm elections. Both Democrats and Republicans made a final push in key states 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 the way we deserve. You guys in?” Oz said as the crowd at his campaign event cheered. “We’re winning. God bless you.”
“By January, I’ll feel better and better, but Dr. Oz will still be a fraud,” Fetterman said.
Beyond Focus on Abortion Rights in Pennsylvania
Abortion rights are another major issue driving people to the polls. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine spoke on behalf of Bucks County Oz over the weekend because abortion rights were not discussed at a roundtable event.
“He doesn’t think there should be a federal anti-abortion law,” Collins told reporters. “He has said he wants exceptions for rape, extramarital affairs, mother’s health.”
Fetterman took to the stage in Philadelphia and the suburbs, saying abortion rights are at stake.
“Abortion is now on the ballot in this race,” Fetterman said. “Dr. Oz believes local, political election officials should be part of the decision.
The latest polls show the Senate race is 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.
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Fetterman will visit Philadelphia on Monday with a “Get Out the Vote” event, and Oz will attend a rally in Pennsburg, Montgomery County.
A final push to rally voters to choose Pennsylvania’s next governor
Republican Doug Mastriano and Democrat Josh Shapiro, both candidates in Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial race, are spending their final hours before Election Day in the Philadelphia region.
Shapiro has three stops and is scheduled to speak Monday night at the Sheet Metal Workers Union in Penn’s Landing. He begins the day at an event in North Philadelphia that focuses on the conversion of black women. He will finish the day at a “get out the vote” event in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, hours before the polls begin.
“Our kids are struggling and they deserve help and our kids will get help,” Shapiro said.
Republican Doug Mastriano is also holding events in our area on Monday. He will be speaking at the first event as part of his “Restoring Freedom” tour at Newtown Square in Bucks County this afternoon. He also spent some time in our area this weekend, speaking specifically about the violence in Philadelphia.
“Things are terrible out there, what’s going on in this area is terrible, and it breaks my heart,” said Republican state Sen. Doug Mastriano. “It shouldn’t be happening in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania should be a shining gem [the] Delaware.”
Several recent polls show Shapiro leading between 5 and 14 points. Both candidates will make their final push for your vote on Monday.
For all the candidates, issues and important dates voters in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware need to know, go to NBC10 Decision 2022 Page. You’ll find tools to help you navigate the midterm elections, including when to vote and who will be on your ballot in the primary and November general election.