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Voters in a rural Pennsylvania county were divided over the heated battle for the US Senate brewing in the state between Democratic candidate Lt. Gov. John Fetterman and Republican candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz. a political newcomer.
Fox News Digital spoke to a number of Indiana County residents, who overwhelmingly supported former President Donald Trump in 2020, ahead of a planned Fetterman rally there, and asked who they preferred in the race, as well as the issues that mattered most to them. as they head to the polls in November.
Resident Stephen Smith felt Fetterman was a good candidate to represent Pennsylvania in whatever position he was seeking, and said he could see himself voted for him “in just about any race.” . He admitted, however, that he would have preferred him to run for governor rather than the Senate.
Smith said he identifies as a libertarian and is most concerned about the economy and rising inflation.
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“My wife is struggling to find a job. The economy isn’t strong here. Something has to change with that… You just have to shake things up in an area like this, because I mean there’s just nothing here,” he said.
He added that with respect to the increase in crime in the state, a greater effort was needed to address mental illness, as well as transitioning people who had committed crimes back into society.
Resident Jerry Ross had a very different take on the crime problem, telling Fox News Digital it’s a big deal in the Senate race and needs a crackdown on criminals.
“I don’t think you can have a society without tough on crime where the streets are safe, where the neighborhoods are safe, where families can go out, people can go out to jog or run… without crime “, did he declare. said. “The liberal approach to the crime problem doesn’t seem to be working.”
Ross said he would vote for Oz because of the candidate’s conservative principles and that, aside from crime, he was concerned about the direction the country was headed and the move away from using natural resources for energy.
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Resident Christopher Wansal was less open about which candidate would get his support, but vowed he would vote on election day.
He implored people to stop letting their political and religious beliefs define who they are and said people should vote “what’s in their hearts”.
He added that as a college town, Indiana, Pennsylvania is full of young people from different backgrounds and they are also ready to make their voices heard and have an impact with their vote.
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Married couple George and Norma Carpenter were enthusiastic supporters of Fetterman, telling Fox News Digital he was “tried and true” as a politician. They also claimed that Oz had just moved to Pennsylvania, referencing his ridicule as a baggage handler from New Jersey.
The couple had a range of concerns, the main one being ‘voter suppression’, as well as healthcare for all and ‘financial fairness’.
George added that he had a “conservative mind”, but a “liberal heart”, and that Republicans were “not for the working class”.
The couple, however, stressed the need to support the police, as well as all first responders and workers in essential jobs.
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Fox News’ Power Rankings called the Pennsylvania Senate race between Oz and Fetterman a “twist.”
General elections will take place on Tuesday 8 November.