Fetterman Wins PA Democratic Senate Primary Days After Stroke

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The Facts

  • Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman has won the state's Democratic primary for US Senate, despite suffering a stroke Fri. and undergoing a procedure to install a pacemaker in his heart over the weekend.

  • Fetterman, who remained hospitalized as voting took place, defeated US Rep. Conor Lamb and state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta to advance to the general election.

The Spin

Democratic narrative

Fetterman has the everyman aesthetic appeal - and the right platform - to reach voters Democrats wouldn't normally be able to convince. He'll have a strong shot to turn this seat blue against the GOP candidate.

Republican narrative

The Democrats are taking a risk trying to win a statewide election with Fetterman, who comes from the Bernie Sanders wing of the party. He also has major baggage through his refusal to apologize for a 2013 incident when he held an unarmed Black jogger at gunpoint.

Political split



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