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Biden, Obama, Trump Target Pennsylvania Swing States Before Midterm Elections

Three incumbent and former presidents descended on Pennsylvania on Saturday as Democrats and Republicans turn to political heavyweights to sell their message, days before the elections that will determine the shape of Congress for the next two years. stood.

Republicans ready to regain control of the House after Tuesday’s election, polls show midterm electionsBut with voters in key battleground states like Pennsylvania, Georgia and Nevada likely to decide the outcome, the Senate is widely seen as likely to get a hand.

Former President Barack Obama, who toured the country last week endorsing the Democratic Senate nominee, took the stage in Pittsburgh on Saturday morning with Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor and Democratic Senate nominee John Fetterman. rice field. Fetterman’s campaign staff described the former president as “the best closer in politics.”

“Tomorrow we will turn the clocks back one hour,” Obama said to an audience of more than 6,500 at the University of Pittsburgh.

Obama and Fetterman to meet the president in Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon Joe BidenWith his low approval rating continuing, he was ahead of the election campaign, but in the past few days he has appeared in public.

Meanwhile, on Saturday night, Biden-defeated Donald Trump is scheduled to hold a rally in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, a small city about 40 miles east of Pittsburgh. Trump embarks on his own cross-country tour, stopping in states such as Iowa, Florida and Ohio, while Fetterman’s opponent, Mehmet Oz, Pennsylvania’s Republican gubernatorial nominee. Doug appears in Latrobe with his Mr. Mastriano.

John Fetterman discusses reproductive freedom at an event in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, on Friday © AP

“All eyes are on Pennsylvania again,” Democratic Rep. Brendan Boyle said at a rally at Temple University’s basketball stadium in Philadelphia.

Pennsylvania has long been considered a pivotal battlefield state and a bellwether of national mood. Biden defeated Trump in 2020 by a very thin margin of about 80,000 votes. Democrats have been eyeing the U.S. Senate seat ever since incumbent Republican Pat Toomey announced he would retire at the end of his six-year term.

Over the summer, polls showed Fetterman, the brash former mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania, with a double-digit lead over Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon-turned-TV personality, with Trump’s endorsement this year. First won the party nomination.

But Fetterman suffered a stroke in May, and his absence from the campaign trail, coupled with a well-resourced Oz campaign focused on issues like crime and inflation, has helped the former TV host fill the gap. made it possible. The latest Real Clear Politics poll average shows Oz leading his Fetterman by 0.1 points, well within margin of error.

Mehmet Oz greets supporters after speaking at a campaign event in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Mehmet Oz greets supporters after speaking at a campaign event in Carlisle, Pennsylvania © Getty Images

The Democrats’ hopes of winning the seat were further shaken last week after a televised debate in which Fetterman struggled to speak clearly and at times appeared difficult to answer questions.

But the president’s party expects Fetterman to be able to beat Oz on Election Day. are comfortable voting.

Republicans win the party’s nomination with Trump’s backing, but Mastriano’s campaign struggles to raise money, voters focus on refusing to accept 2020 presidential election results He seems to be rejecting his strong candidacy.

Next week’s midterm elections will have a big impact not only on the Capitol, but also on both parties as politicians turn their eyes to the 2024 presidential election. playing cards Expected to announce his third run in the White House shortly after the midterm elections, this marks the first shot in the next election cycle and a new wave of questions about whether fellow Republicans will contest his candidacy. It will raise questions.

Biden has not officially announced that he will seek re-election within two years. But Anita Dunn, a senior adviser to the president, said at an event in Washington earlier this week that initial talks about the future campaign are underway.

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