Democrat John Fetterman has been projected as the winner of Pennsylvania’s U.S Senate election.
Fetterman defeated Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz on Tuesday.
Fetterman received 50.3 percent of the vote as of early Wednesday morning, with Oz trailing with 47.69 percent, according to Decision Desk HQ numbers posted Wednesday morning.
His win represents a Democratic flip in the narrowly divided upper chamber of Congress.
Fetterman claimed victory early Wednesday morning.
It’s official. I will be the next U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania.
We bet on the people of Pennsylvania – and you didn’t let us down
And I won’t let you down. Thank you.
— John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) November 9, 2022
Fetterman, Pennsylvania’s current lieutenant governor, also thanked his supporters.
Wiping away tears, Senator-elect John Fetterman (D-PA) takes the stage at his victory speech to “Back in Black.” pic.twitter.com/raVlahIHL8
— The Recount (@therecount) November 9, 2022
Oz had yet to formally concede the race at the time of Fetterman’s victory speech.
The former mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania, will replace Sen. Pat Toomey, a Republican who retired.
The loss amounts to a serious defeat to Republicans and complicates the party’s hopes to obtain a majority in the Senate in the midterms.
Results in Arizona, Nevada and Georgia will ultimately determine the majority in the chamber, with Republicans likely needing victories in all three states in order to gain a majority.
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