Fetterman Wins The Democratic Senate Primary in Pennsylvania, and the Republican Contest is Too Close To Call
By TOI Team May 18, 2022 Update on : May 18, 2022
Pennsylvania Lt. Governor John Fetterman handily won the nomination Democratic Party’s in the state’s primary election on Tuesday, only days after having a stroke caused by atrial fibrillation. At 8:54 p.m., the Associated Press declared Fetterman the winner.
CNN’s Chris Wallace says John Fetterman is vulnerable to Republican attacks in the general election because he’s “for universal background checks” and “wants to legalize pot.”
Polls show 60% of Pennsylvanians support legal pot and 90% support background checks pic.twitter.com/qUqddpAIxh
— Steve Morris (@stevemorris__) May 18, 2022
Fetterman, 52, voted by emergency absentee ballot Tuesday morning before having a normal surgery to install a pacemaker with a defibrillator. Gisele Barreto Fetterman, Pennsylvania’s Second Spouse, tweeted Tuesday night that Fetterman is already on his path to a complete recovery and is still hospitalized in Lancaster.
Congressman Conor Lamb, state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, and Alexandria Khalil ran against Fetterman in the race. After winning the primary on Tuesday night, Fetterman thanked his supporters on Twitter.
Before Governor Fetterman suffered a heart attack last Friday, he was the Democratic primary favorite, so it’s apparent that his health incident had no influence on his vote today,
He’s politically fascinating since he has mayoral origins in this state, a populist message, and also a tie to the revolutionary part of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, and he’s related to Sen. Bernie Sanders and his previous presidential efforts, Costa noted. But he also worked very closely with the Biden government, so he intends to mobilize a large number of Democrats this fall to form a broad coalition against whatever the Republicans choose tonight.
Fetterman has been the Democratic Party’s steady frontrunner. He was previously the mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania, from 2005 until 2019. He is in favor of criminal justice reform, legalizing recreational marijuana usage, and boosting the state’s minimum wage.
The victory comes after a weekend of campaign activities were postponed due to concerns about Fetterman’s health. The Associated Press forecasts Fetterman with 59.3 percent of the vote as of 10:57 p.m. Tuesday, with 81.3 percent of the vote recorded, Lamb with 27 percent, and Kenyatta with 9.6 percent.