Dr. Mehmet Oz, the famed heart surgeon best known as the host of TV’s Dr. Oz Show, plans to run for Pennsylvania’s open US Senate seat as a Republican, according to two people familiar with his plan. are making.
Should Oz run, he will bring his unmatched name recognition and wealth to a wide-open race that is one of the nation’s most competitive and could determine control of the Senate in next year’s election.
Oz — a longtime New Jersey resident — will enter a Republican field that is resetting with an influx of candidates and a new opportunity to appeal to voters loyal to former President Donald Trump, the candidate now backed by Trump in the race. is out of.
Oz, 61, has told aides and Republicans in Pennsylvania about his plans in recent days, according to two people who spoke to the Associated Press. One person was told directly by Oz, while the other was told a different conversation. The two men spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private conversation.
Publicly, Oz has only said through a TV show spokesperson that he had incentives to run.
The announcement may come Tuesday night on Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News, which Hannity previewed saying that Oz will appear on him and “he has a big announcement. Hint: Think about a midterm election.”
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As one of the largest presidential election awards in the country, Pennsylvania topped Democrat Joe Biden in last year’s election. His 1 percentage point victory put the swing state back in Democratic hands after Trump won it even more narrowly in 2016.
Oz may have to explain why he’s not running for office in New Jersey, where he’s lived for the past two decades, before he began voting by absentee ballot this year in elections for Pennsylvania, suburban Philadelphia. Registered at my in-law’s address.
His old home is over the Hudson River in Cliffside Park, New Jersey, overlooking Manhattan, where he films his TV shows and practices medicine. Oz became a household name after he rose to fame as a guest on the Oprah Winfrey show.