Pittsburgh. – Democrats John Fetterman won his seat in the United States Senate While in a crucial race against Republicans He was recovering from a stroke during the campaign. their victory Democrats hope they can take control of the Upper House To push President Joe Biden’s agenda for two more years.
Fetterman, the current lieutenant governor Pennsylvania who became a progressive hero as mayor of a failed steel town, lost Mehmet OzuA wealthy heart surgeon turned TV personality who had just moved to the state to run for Senate.
in close competition, Democrats won 49.9% of the vote with Oz’s 47.7%, a difference of nearly 106,000 votes to an electorate of nearly five million. A victory he attributed to his “every county, every vote” campaign strategy, in which he sought to reintroduce the Democratic Party to predominantly white working class segments, who rejected him several times.
“And that’s exactly what happened,” Fetterman, 53, dressed in his trademark casual gray tracksuit with open tattoos, told a cheering crowd in Pittsburgh early Wednesday. , ,We jam them. We caught the line. I never expected that we would turn these red counties blue, but we did what we had to do and had that conversation in each of those counties.,
A finance graduate from Albright College and a master’s in public policy from Harvard University, Fetterman spent much of his campaign defending himself against Oz’s attacks. That he questioned his ability to govern after a stroke on May 13 affected his ability to speak fluently and process conversations quickly.
After suffering a stroke, the 1.80m candidate who is usually angry and dominates social networks was presented as an alternative. “Whoever has fallen and has risen.”
,This race is for the future of all Pennsylvania communitiesFor every small town or person who got left behind, for every job that has been lost, for every factory that ever closed, and for every person who worked hard but never got ahead.” They said.
In a one-on-one argument with his opponent in late October, more than five months after his stroke, Fetterman struggled to explain his position and often spoke hesitantly.
In the first minutes of the debate, he addressed what he himself said “Elephant in the Room”, “I had a stroke. I’ve never stopped forgetting it. And during this debate I can remember a few words, I can remember two words at once. He knocked me down and I’m going to get up, ” He said.
Fetterman promised to be “Vote No. 51” To pass important legislation to protect Democrats To increase abortion rights, health care, same-sex marriage, unions, as well as the minimum wage.
To underline the importance of your career, Biden campaigned for Fetterman three times in Pennsylvania in the past three weeks, while the former president Donald Trump He also traveled to organize a rally for his supported candidate, Oz.
“They deserve someone who’s been by their side. Someone who works every day and fights for you. Someone who’s actually from Pennsylvania. They deserve someone like John Fetterman,” former Democratic The President said. Barack Obama.
Fetterman won despite national political adversities for the Democrats, such as rising inflation. He will replace the Republican Senator Pat Tommywho is retiring in his second term.
The winner of the contest tried to take advantage of the outrage over the Supreme Court’s decision on abortion and promised to vote to end filibustering.
Nearly half of the state’s voters think that economy and employment According to Associated Press VoteCast, a comprehensive survey of more than 3,100 state voters, they are the biggest issues facing the country. In that group of voters, Oz led Fetterman.
Supreme Court’s decision to set aside roe wei case It also played a role in the majority of voters’ decisions, with 8 out of 10 considering it a factor. About a quarter considered it the most important factor, with the majority of voters choosing Fetterman.
According to the survey, almost half of the respondents were are confident that Fetterman is in sufficient health to provide his services effectively, and the other half expressed their objection. Meanwhile, more voters assured that He doesn’t believe that Oz, a native of Ohio, is familiar enough with Pennsylvania To serve effectively as a senator.
Fetterman has characterized Vote for Oz as a Vote to Ban Abortion – ridiculed Oz’s remarks during the debate that he wants “women, doctors, local political leaders” to decide the fate of abortion – and referred to Oz as a dysfunctional TV salesman who shuns health for money Used to sell supplements and say or do anything to get selected.
The former mayor of poor Braddock, 13 years younger, near Pittsburgh, used his time there. Establishing credibility with the black community in a majority black city, in the fight against gun violence and maintaining a hospital in a crime-ridden community.
He has Braddock’s zip code -15104- tattooed on his forearm and, when he was mayor, He got the date tattooed of every murder in the city while working to stop the crime.
Associated Press agency