Celebrity surgeon Dr Oz is polling well in a hypothetical general election match-up against a Democratic opponent. A poll conducted by Pennsylvania’s Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman who is also running for the seat found that Oz would loose to Fetterman in a general election but, only 44-42. However, the poll had a margin of error of 4 percentage points.
The 61-year old surgeon, real name Mehmet Cengiz Öz entered the race last month with considerable wealth to spend on the election and a well-recognized name.
“Although we had some moments of brilliance, such as the gift to the World of mRNA vaccines made possible by President Donald Trump’s Operation Warp Speed, many great ideas were squashed. That’s not the America my parents came to. That’s not the one I grew up in. That’s not the one I want to leave behind,” Oz said in announcing his campaign on the Washington Examiner website with a reference to his Turkish-born parents.
Last year Oz praised Taiwan, South Korea and Vietnam’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic though his views on lockdowns and alternative medicine in the past has been a cause of much controversy
The campaign is not Dr Oz’s first foray into Republican political circles. Oz was tapped by former President Trump to join the Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition. The appointment made him one of the most prominent Muslims within then President Trump’s inner circle. Trump had previously appeared on The Dr Oz Show to discuss his health while running for the presidency in 2016.
Despite the poll analysts say the GOP has no clear frontrunner in the race to be the next republican senatorial nominee in the Keystone State. Two-term Republican Senator Pat Toomey announced last year that he would not seek a third term in office. Regardless of who wins the Republican primary the race is expected to be a close one. In the 2020 presidential election