Democrats Fetterman, Shapiro hold slim leads in Pennsylvania: poll

Pennsylvania Democrats maintain a slim lead in the state’s closely watched gubernatorial and Senate races, according to a new poll.

A Trafalgar Group poll found Lt. Governor John Fetterman, who is running against famed doctor Mehmet Oz for the Senate, and Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who is up against Doug Mastiano in the gubernatorial race, were in the lead. of their midterm clashes.

Fetterman gained nearly five points in the Senate race, winning 48.4% to Oz’s 43.5%, while Shapiro took 48.6% in the state gubernatorial race, about four points more than Mastriano 44.7%.

Both Republican candidates won their primaries after being endorsed by former President Trump, who is expected to rally for the couple in Pennsylvania in September.

The former president lost the swing state to then-candidate Biden in the 2020 presidential election – having won it in 2016 against then-Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Seeking to replace incumbent Senator Pat Toomey (R), Fetterman and Oz waged war on social media.

Last week, the Democrat raised half a million dollars after a campaign video of Oz mispronouncing the name of a grocery store has gone viral.

The TV show “Dr. Oz,” in turn, reversed Fetterman’s liberal policies and cast himself as “a conservative Republican out to fix what’s wrong with Washington” and “cure our country’s ills.” “.

In the gubernatorial race, a group of former Pennsylvania Republican officials, including former Rep. Charlie Dent, backed Democrat Shapiro over their own party’s nominee in July. Dent called Mastriano “an extremist who threatens the rule of law and the constitutional order.”

But eight of nine GOP congressmen from Pennsylvania jointly endorsed Mastriano earlier this month, calling the Republican “the best option and alternative” to Shapiro.

Conducted from August 15-18, the Trafalgar Group survey questioned 1,096 voters likely to take part in the 2022 general election. The margin of error was 2.9%.

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