Donald Trump endorsed Dr. Mehmet Oz in his bid for the Pennsylvania open senate seat, the former president announced on Saturday.
Trump’s endorsement gives the cardiac surgeon and host of the “Dr. Oz Show” in the wide-open GOP primary.
“I know Dr. Oz for many years, as have many others, if only through his very successful television show,” Trump said of Oz.
“He has lived with us through the screen and has always been popular, respected and smart. He even said I was in exceptional health, which made me like him even more (although he also said I should lose a few pounds!)”
Trump said he gives Oz his “complete and complete support” for his stance on abortion, crime, the Second Amendment, border security, the military, education, energy independence and “electoral fraud,” making him “the best placed” in the general election win” against Democrats, even in cities like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
“Especially women feel from Dr. Oz attracted for his advice and guidance,” Trump added. “I’ve seen that many times over the years. You know him, believe him and trust him.”
Trump previously announced his support for early frontrunner Sean Parnell in the Pennsylvania race in August after Republican Sen. Patrick Toomey said he would not run for re-election. However, Parnell suspended his campaign after a judge ruled against him in a custody battle over allegations that he molested his estranged wife and three children.
Seven candidates will stand in the Republican primary on May 17, including current poll leader David McCormick, a hedge fund manager who led Oz by 9 points in a Fox News poll released earlier in March. That poll found nearly a third of Republican voters were undecided.
A more recent Emerson College poll conducted between March 26 and March 28 found McCormick and Oz in a dead heat, with 51 percent of Republican voters undecided.
According to Emerson College Polling executive director Spencer Kimball, Trump’s endorsement could give Oz a much-needed boost just a month before the primary.
“Potential support for former President Donald Trump carries significant weight in the Republican primary: 61% of Republican primary voters say they are more likely to vote for a candidate who supports them, while 13% say they are less likely they’re voting for that candidate, and 26% say it makes no difference,” Kimball wrote in response to the poll results.
In a Democratic primary for the seat, Lt. gov. John Fetterman of Pennsylvania leads the polls by a wide margin and is nominated by the party.
According to Ballotpedia, Trump has endorsed a total of 132 candidates so far this year. Earlier this week, the ex-president announced his support for former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for the state’s only congressional seat.
Oz, 61, said he was running for Senate in November in an op-ed published in the Washington Examiner, in which he criticized the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, claiming it had caused “severe suffering”.
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