Voters are heading to the polls to cast their votes for John Fetterman or Mehmet Oz – here's why the election matters so much on a national scale.
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The Oz-Fetterman race could decide whether Republicans or Democrats control the U.S. Senate; Pennsylvania will also go a long way toward determining the presidential winner in 2024, just as it fueled the victories of Obama, Trump, and Biden.
Pennsylvania also features one of the premier gubernatorial races in the country, with Republican state Sen. Doug Mastriano against Democratic Attorney General Josh Shapiro. Mastriano is a Trump loyalist who led calls for a 2020 audit and helped bus people to the Jan. 6, 2021 rally that turned into a riot at the U.S. Capitol.
"The abundance of competitive races in Pennsylvania make it coveted ground in this cycle," said Christopher Borick, director of the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion. "And the party's biggest names are here to do what they can to get some candidates across the line."
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