NORRISTOWN, Pa (CBS) — The race to represent Pennsylvania in the United States Senate is heating up. During the weekend, the Democratic favorite had a stroke. Meanwhile, top Republicans have made their last push ahead of Tuesday’s primary.
It’s a race to fill the seat vacated by Republican Pat Toomey, who has decided not to run again.
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John Fetterman, the Democratic frontrunner, says his recent stroke won’t slow down his campaign plans. Meanwhile, his Republican opponents are arguing that they are the best to beat him.
“It was Friday. I just didn’t feel great,” Fetterman said.
Over the weekend, Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor and Democratic front-runner in the state Senate race announced he had checked himself into the hospital after suffering a stroke. Fetterman made the announcement Sunday alongside his wife Gisele Barreto Fetterman at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital after canceling several events. Fetterman later tweeted that the stroke was caused by a blood clot from his heart in atrial fibrillation rhythm for too long.
On Friday, I didn’t feel well, so I went to the hospital to get checked.
I didn’t want to go – I didn’t think I had to – but @giselefetterman insisted, and as usual, she was right.
The good news is that I feel much better + I’m on track for a full recovery. pic.twitter.com/WQ5X6QgQen
— John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) May 15, 2022
He says he feels much better now. He’s on the verge of a full recovery, and he still plans to win Tuesday’s primary and flip the Pennsylvania Senate seat in November.
Fetterman wants, among other things, criminal justice reform, the legalization of marijuana and an increase in the minimum wage.
Representative Malcolm Kenyatta is a State Representative who represents Pennsylvania’s 18th District and is a native of Philadelphia. He is the youngest and first openly LGBTQ+ person of color elected to the Pennsylvania General Assembly. He wants to tackle generational poverty.
Congressman Connor Lamb is a former Marine who represents Pennsylvania’s 17th District. He wants to raise the minimum wage, strengthen unions and expand health insurance.
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Alex Kahlil is a member of Jenkintown Borough Council and a small business owner struggling to help other businesses affected by the pandemic.
Meanwhile, Fetterman’s Republican opponents are making their final campaign efforts.
Dr. Mehmet Oz addressed a small group Saturday in Delaware County. Oz spoke to Normandy Farms supporters at Blue Bell on Monday night. The multimillionaire doctor was also endorsed by former President Donald Trump.
Oz was in Norristown on Monday to hold a town hall event. This event is for media only and is not open to the public.
Dave McCormick ran his campaign through Pennsylvania, starting in Chester County. Kathy Barnette hosted a joint GOP rally in Bucks County with gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano.
Barnette has risen in recent polls, but she may still have to overcome some controversial tweets that have recently resurfaced.
“She blocked reporters from her event on Saturday after being faced with difficult questions about past statements, including homophobic remarks, inflammatory statements about Muslims. But his supporters ignore all this. And Dr. Mehmet Oz and David McCormick, his main rivals, say, “Wait a minute, we’re Trump’s favorites.” We represent the Trump coalition,” CBS News Chief Elections Correspondent Robert Costa said.
Hours before an event in Scranton, Barnette’s camp sent photos of where she was in Washington, DC, when the Capitol was attacked. His campaign told CBS that Barnette was not involved in the violence.
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CBS3’s Ross DiMattei and Kerri Corrado contributed to this report.