TV icon Oprah Winfrey endorsed Democrat John Fetterman in Pennsylvania on Thursdayand Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz, whom she helped launch to stardom nearly two decades ago, when she brought him on as a regular guest on her popular daytime talk show.
Until now, Winfrey had said she would leave the election to the people of Pennsylvania, but she changed that position in an online discussion on voting in next Tuesday’s election.
“I said it’s up to the citizens of Pennsylvania and of course, but I’ll tell you all, if I lived in Pennsylvania, I would have already cast my vote for John Fetterman for a variety of reasons,” Winfrey said. , urging listeners to vote for Democrats running for governor and senate in various states before proceeding.
The Pennsylvania seat has been seen for months as the most likely pickup opportunity for Democrats in an evenly divided Senate.
Polls show a close race between Fetterman and Oz, a celebrity heart surgeon who is endorsed by former President Donald Trump.
In a sign of how high the stakes are, Trump will return to Pennsylvania on Saturday to campaign for Oz, while President Biden and former President Barack Obama will campaign for Fetterman on the same day.
Oz left the Oprah show after five years and 55 episodes and began his daytime TV show, “The Dr. Oz Show”, which ran for 13 seasons before moving from New Jersey to Pennsylvania to run for Senate.
The seat is being vacated by retired Republican Sen. Pat Tommy.