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‘Dr. Oz’ Shrinks Fetterman’s Lead in Pennsylvania With Crime Ad Blitz

Republican Oz has cut into Democrat Fetterman’s polling lead for Pennsylvania Senate seat

John Fetterman, left, and Mehmet Oz
John Fetterman, left, and Mehmet Oz

Photographer: Nate Smallwood/Bloomberg

Republican Senate candidate Mehmet Oz has used a barrage of ads on crime to erode rival John Fetterman’s once-commanding lead in their Pennsylvania race, imperiling Democrats’ hopes of keeping control of the Senate. 

Even though homicides are actually down in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh from last year, the celebrity TV doctor and his allies have blanketed the state with ads showing gritty images of armed robbers, drive-by shootings and other violent acts, part of a $38.6 million blitz since Aug. 1 that’s outspending Democrats.