HARRISBURG — Television icon Oprah Winfrey is endorsing Democrat John Fetterman in the hotly contested Pennsylvania Senate race, unseating Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz. Winfrey helped make Oz a star nearly two decades ago when she brought the heart surgeon on her popular daytime talk show as a regular guest. Until now, Winfrey has said she would leave the election up to Pennsylvanians, but changed that position Thursday night in an interactive discussion about voting in next Tuesday’s election. She said that if she lived in Pennsylvania, she would have already cast her vote for Fetterman for many reasons. She did not elaborate.
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Television icon Oprah Winfrey on Thursday endorsed Democrat John Fetterman in a tight Pennsylvania Senate race and rejected Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz, whom she helped make a star nearly two decades ago when she brought him on her popular daytime talk show as a regular. a guest
Up until now, Winfrey had said she would leave the election up to Pennsylvanians, but changed that position in an interactive discussion about voting in next Tuesday’s election.
“I said it’s up to the citizens of Pennsylvania, and of course, but I’ll tell you all this, if I lived in Pennsylvania, I would have already cast my vote for John Fetterman for many reasons,” Winfrey said before continuing . to urge listeners to vote for Democrats running for governor and senate in various states.
The Pennsylvania seat has been seen for months as the most likely opportunity to get Democrats in the evenly divided Senate.
Polls show a close race between Fetterman and Oz, the famed heart surgeon who is backed by former President Donald Trump.
In a sign of how high the stakes are, Trump will return to Pennsylvania on Saturday to campaign for Oz, while President Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama will campaign for Fetterman the same day.
Oz left The Oprah Show after five years and 55 episodes to start his own daytime television program, The Dr. Oz Show, which ran for 13 seasons before he moved from New Jersey to Pennsylvania to run for the Senate.
The seat is being vacated by retiring Republican Sen. Pat Toomey.