Cook Political Report Moves Pennsylvania Senate Race From ‘Leans Democrat’ To ‘Toss Up’
Pennsylvania is one of the closest watched senate races in the 2022 midterms.
A few months ago, the Democrat John Fetterman looked like a lock, but Dr. Oz has worked very hard to change the balance.
Now the analysts at the Cook Political Report have moved the race from leans Democrat to toss up. This is huge.
Breitbart News reports:
Analysts Move Pennsylvania Senate Race from ‘Lean Democrat’ to ‘Toss Up’
Analysts at the Cook Political Report, who predict the probable outcomes of Senate races, moved Pennsylvania’s race from a “Lean Democrat” back to a “Toss-up” with five weeks left before the election between Democrat John Fetterman and Republican Mehmet Oz.
The Cook Political Report explained in its rating change a “key caveat” to the initial rating change to a Lean Democrat” six weeks ago was the lack of Republicans sending in the race against Fetterman and Oz’s favorability rating. Fast forward six weeks, the outlet explained that with only five weeks before the elections, “that’s exactly where [they] find this race” after talking with GOP strategists and lawmakers who initially thought the state would be a loss for the Republicans.
Cook’s Jessica Taylor explained:
When we shifted our Pennsylvania Senate rating to Lean Democrat about six weeks ago, we included this key caveat — Republican spending against Democratic nominee John Fetterman had yet to ramp up, and that while Republican Mehmet Oz still has a hefty problem with his own favorables, that “it’s not out of the question that this could move back [to Toss Up] as the election nears.”
Now, with five weeks until Election Day, that’s exactly where we find this race. In conversations with several GOP strategists and lawmakers — who a month and a half ago had begun to put the Keystone State in the loss column — this has emerged as a margin-of-error race that they once again see winnable. Republicans and Democrats alike admit the race has tightened and that Pennsylvania could be the tipping point state for the Senate majority.
This is still a competitive race.
Citing momentum behind Mehmet Oz and effective GOP messaging, the Cook Political Report concluded it “can no longer say that Fetterman has a clear advantage” and shifted its rating for the U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania back to “Toss Up” on Tuesday. https://t.co/AUbSGqlpOS
— Spencer Brown (@itsSpencerBrown) October 4, 2022
Dr. Oz could pull this off and it could be the race that decides the Senate.
Cross posted from American Lookout.
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