Dr. Mehmet Oz, the GOP nominee for the U.S. Senate, won in Pennsylvania. This seat is crucial for Republicans looking to take back control in November.
David McCormick was a former executive at a hedge fund and an official within the George W. Bush government. He conceded the very tight primary race earlier in this month to Oz, a TV host and cardiologist.
“Today I called Mehmet Oz to congratulate him on his victory,”McCormick spoke to a crowd earlier in the month.
“It’s now clear to me with the recount now largely complete that we have a nominee,”He made the remarks at a Pittsburgh-based campaign party. “Tonight is really about all us coming together.”
According to a Tuesday report from Axios, Trump was a “near-ubiquitous fixture” in the Oz campaign’s advertisements. The Oz campaign’s materials featured several videos that dealt with issues such as gun rights, abortion and energy. “endorsed by President Trump.”
Oz posted a cover photograph with Trump on social media. His Twitter account “mentioned Trump more than 70 times,”His campaign team also ran Trump-centered ad campaigns on Facebook and Google.
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However, according to Axios, Oz has not mentioned Trump on Twitter since May 17 — the day of the Republican primary. As the cover photo shows, “Thank you, Pennsylvania”On a single photo of Trump, the website does not feature a popup window for fundraising featuring Trump. Oz is also said to have stopped running Trump ads on Facebook and Google.
Axios pointed out that Gov. Glenn Youngkin, a Republican from Virginia, used this same strategy during his campaign against Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic nominee. Rather than emphasizing Trump’s endorsement, Youngkin focused on kitchen table issues such as education and the economy.
However, the Oz campaign hasn’t cut all ties with Trump. “The endorsement is the first endorsement listed on our website and we changed the banner to thank Pennsylvanians after the recount was completed,”Axios interviewed Brittany Yanick from Oz, spokesperson.
Oz was the most polarizing candidate among Republicans casting their ballots in the primary race. He was the most popular candidate among all of them, but 48% reported that he came in second to other candidates. “somewhat or strongly unfavorable opinion” of the candidate in a poll from Emerson College. Republicans had a 32% negative view of McCormick while Kathy Barnette, conservative commentator and third-place finisher in the election received 28%.
Many Republicans thought Trump supported Oz outlandishly, while conservative commentators and Republicans disagreed. However, Trump remained unaffected by his endorsement.
In May, a Monmouth University survey found that Trump’s backing of Oz changed the dynamics of the race.
“Dr. Oz, who has been endorsed by Trump, is seen as the most stalwart backer of the former president. Overall, 54% call Oz a strong supporter of Trump versus 20% who say he is not a particularly strong supporter. Opinion is more divided on the Trumpian loyalties of McCormick (30% strong to 23% not strong),”The university released a statement.
“Most GOP voters are aware of Trump’s endorsement in this race. While 69% say this has not changed their opinion of Oz, 22% say it does make them feel more favorably toward him compared with 8% who feel less favorable,”The release includes.
Also, the survey revealed that Trump is definitely an important factor in this race.
54 percent of Republican primary voters have an extremely positive opinion of Trump. Biden is viewed favorably by 44%, while only 54% of Democrats agree. A little over three quarters of Republicans (37%) feel it is important to nominate an American Senate candidate who supports Trump.
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