In Pennsylvania, Lt. gov. John Fetterman the famous TV doctor Mehmet Oz in one of the most famous and expensive campaigns of the year.
Despite being endorsed by former President Donald Trump, Oz received just 47.3 percent of the vote, losing to Fetterman’s 50.3 percent. The hard-fought race was decided early on November 9 by a margin of approximately 56,735 votes.
Just after 2 a.m. ET, with about 93 percent of the reported expected votes, Fetterman was ahead by more than 2 percentage points. Fetterman confirmed the win via tweet Just after 12:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, it read: “It’s official. I will be the next US Senator from Pennsylvania. We counted on the people of Pennsylvania – and they didn’t let us down. And I won’t disappoint you. Many Thanks.”
Fetterman succeeds Senator Pat Toomey, a Republican who has opted out of re-election. With many anticipating a red wave across the states as the US held midterm elections in 2022, Pennsylvania serves as a representation of a swing state that was winnable and had mixed election results, or a purple state when Democrats and Republicans faced hard-fought races in the nation. Brian Stewart, stakeholder engagement manager at anti-racist business organization LeadersUp, expressed what this election could mean for future elections.
“I don’t necessarily feel that US politics is moving in a positive direction, but strongly that one party is focused on saving democracy as we know it today while the other is complicit in its destruction . Pennsylvania shows us what can happen in Georgia,” Stewart said.
In light of the overall outcome of the 2022 midterm elections, Stewart offered his thoughts on how democracy and political processes can be influenced by either political party.
“We’ve literally seen a major party nominate and endorse election liars for governor – I won’t call them election deniers because you can’t deny something that’s factually true, you can only lie about it or not accept it. Luckily, none of them have won or are likely to win,” Stewart said.
Chinedu Nwokeafor, an expert on diversity, equity and inclusion, anticipates opposition from members of the US population who disagree with the political winners of this year’s midterm elections ahead of the 2024 election.
“In 2024, I expect more voter denial and a huge procession of Republicans working to undermine elections. Statistics show that Gen Z, Millennials and Gen X will be the majority when it comes to voting ages,” Nwokeafor said.
“Republicans are aware of this fact and will seek to use their power to undermine the will of the people. I hope democracy can hold its own, but I’m not overly optimistic that will be the case,” he continued.
In other political campaigns in the state of Pennsylvania, Republican Senator Guy Reschenthaler was elected to Congress. Allegheny County Republican Assemblyman Mike Turzai is expected to retain his position as Speaker of the House and be elected in January.
Democrats voted for Rep. Jordan Harris to be the stick and re-elected Minority Leader Frank Dermody, while House Republicans elected Rep. Bryan Cutler to be floor leader and made Rep. Kerry Benninghoff the stick.
Rep. Cutler previously served as the whip under current Majority Leader Dave Reed. Harris’ third term ends this month and he will take over from Rep. Mike Hanna, R-Clinton, who did not seek re-election.
The Republicans also restored York County Rep. Stan Saylor to chair the influential Appropriations Committee and appointed Center County Benninghoff to the position of whip.
After failing to meet its medium-term expectations on November 16, the Republican Party seized control of the House of Representatives, earning the 218 seats needed to capture the majority.
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