Mehmet Oz is potentially heading for a major defeat in the ongoing U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania. A new RABA Research poll of the Pennsylvania Senate race found Democratic contender John Fetterman, who is currently the lieutenant governor of the state, up by nine percent.
Fetterman received 49 percent of the support, while Oz got 40 percent, with eight percent indicating they were undecided. In the same poll, Democratic gubernatorial contender Josh Shapiro, who is currently the Pennsylvania attorney general, is also leading against his Republican challenger, state Sen. Doug Mastriano. Shapiro got 47 percent of the support, while Mastriano received just 41 percent. Mastriano is an avowed promoter of conspiracy theories about the 2020 elections, and the Republican gaining power could threaten the orderly handling of elections in Pennsylvania. Mastriano was behind a recent bill, which outgoing Governor Tom Wolf (D) vetoed, that would have allowed any eligible Pennsylvanians to serve as poll watchers anywhere in the state, potentially allowing for what is essentially organized harassment of specific communities by individuals possibly from far-flung locales.
No major poll publicly released since the beginning of the general election season in Pennsylvania has shown Oz in the lead against Fetterman. Overall, estimates suggest Democrats will do well in the upcoming Senate elections, with positive polling and fundraising trends in states like Arizona and Wisconsin. Recent polling in states where Republicans are running on more established advantages, like Florida, even showed races closer than some expected. A University of North Florida poll from early August measuring voters’ opinions in the state’s Senate race found Democratic challenger Rep. Val Demings leading, with support four percentage points higher than incumbent Republican Marco Rubio. More recent polling showed Rubio leading by low single digits. If Democrats expand their majority in the Senate by two seats, the party could finally potentially oversee significant changes to the chamber’s filibuster rules allowing for the accomplishment of greater progress on a simple majority basis.
In another swing state governor’s race on this year’s ballots, Trump pick Tudor Dixon is losing — by a lot — to Michigan Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer in the latter’s race for re-election. Michigan was one of the states where Trump and his allies focused after the last presidential race in their attempts to undo the presidential election outcome. Now, a new poll from The Detroit News and WDIV-TV shows Whitmer a whopping 13 percent ahead of Dixon.