This is awkward, but Fetterman is an awkward candidate and having lost the debate is just down to Oprah.
The top Democratic Senate super PAC is rushing to put Oprah Winfrey’s endorsement of John Fetterman on the airwaves.
It is launching a new television ad featuring the superstar’s announcement on Thursday evening that she supports Fetterman in Pennsylvania’s race for the Senate.
The ad will air statewide starting Saturday, said Veronica Yoo, a spokesperson for Senate Majority PAC. The group did not specify how much money it is spending to air the commercial, only saying it would make up a “significant part” of its final advertising.
The Dems are throwing their last Pennsylvania efforts into bombarding viewers with the information that a famously Democrat celeb endorsed the Democrat candidate?
The only way to make any sense of this is that they believe that Mehmet Oz is in the running because of his connection to Oprah and not because under the current wave of public backlash, a drunk duck running on the GOP line in a state with any swing left to it would have a shot.
The Oprah demographic is generally a safe bet to vote along party lines.
Fetterman is already winning the female vote by a sizable margin. He’s just losing every other demo.
Fetterman, meanwhile, is cementing his lead among women voters, who prefer him by an 18% margin, up from 13% in September. Even more pronounced is his rise among Black voters, who now prefer him to Oz by 63%, compared to 34% in September.
The letter is not great considering that black voters routinely weigh in by 80% for the Dems, but the Dems are blowing through their case in the state to focus on the voters Fetterman already has, not the swing voters he needs. I doubt Oprah’s fanbase is really in contention anyway. But instead of trying to make some sort of moderate case for Fetterman, they’re going all in on Oprah ads.
This is really the campaign pros throwing in the towel.
The Oz turnaround has been most pronounced among Pennsylvania independents, who now favor him over Fetterman 43%-32%—although a sizable 19% of independents remain undecided. In September, Fetterman led 43%-29% among independents, with 21% undecided.
Oz has opened up a 16% lead among men, up from 2% in September, as well as a 7% advantage among white voters, compared to just 2% in September.
Oprah ain’t fixing that.