Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday said that he had “great confidence” in Republican Senate candidate Mehmet Oz, even though the latest polls show him falling behind in the race against Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D).
When asked about Oz’s chances of winning, McConnell said that he thought the former television personality was a great nominee and he had the potential to win.
On Friday a fundraiser was hosted by Senate leaders for Oz, Georgia Senate candidate Hershel Walker, and Rep. Ted Budd (R-N.C.), who is running for the upper chamber in North Carolina. These candidates are all endorsed by former President Trump.
McConnell said that the event showed the great potential Oz shows and the faith they had in him as a candidate.
McConnell’s vote of confidence is seen as widely important as OZ is currently shown in polls to have 39.2 percent support in comparison to Fetterman’s 48.2 percent.
The Fetterman campaign has also been focused on portraying Oz as out of touch with the realities of the American people. As evidence of this, they helped a video of Oz resurface in which he is shopping for “crudité” in a local grocery store. This was in April when the high inflation prices were affecting many people.
The Pennsylvania Senate election is currently really closely watched as Republicans are hoping to gain control of the chamber which currently sits at 50-50.
When McConnell was asked about why he chose those three candidates to hold a fundraiser for, he said that he always chooses three of the most promising candidates in critical states to host a fundraiser for. He said that because of the importance of the races of these three he selected them.