Less Than 20 Percent Of Audiences Thought Fetterman’s Debate Against Oz Was Successful: POLL

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Bronson Winslow Second Amendment & Politics Reporter
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The majority of the audience from Tuesday night’s debate between Democratic Pennsylvania Lt. Gov John Fetterman and Republican challenger Mehmet Oz felt that Fetterman failed to perform, according to a new poll.

Following the debate, the audience poll showed that only 18% of viewers believed Fetterman won the debate opposed to 82% who responded in favor of Oz, according to the WPXI poll. The audience poll showed a sharp lead for Oz in public opinion compared to Fetterman, who is still two points above Oz at 47.2% to 44.9%, according to an aggregated poll by FiveThirtyEight. (RELATED: Biden Appears To Suggest Gisele Fetterman Will Take Her Husband’s Senate Seat)

In early May, Fetterman suffered a stroke, leaving him out of commission for three months while his wife Gisele Fetterman continued with his campaign. The lingering effects of the stroke appeared to present during Tuesday’s debate as Fetterman struggled to form sentences and continually stumbled over his words.

“Hi. Goodnight, everybody,” Fetterman said as the debate began.

During the debate, each candidate criticized the other, both launching accusations of the other being out of touch with everyday economic struggles due to personal wealth. In August, Oz came under fire after a video went viral of the candidate mispronouncing the name of Wegmans while also referring to a veggie tray as a “crudité.”

Both candidates have stated that they are pro-fracking, but Fetterman seemed to flip-flop during the debate. “Uh, I do support fracking, and I don’t, I don’t, I support fracking, and I stand, and I do support fracking,” he said.

The stroke is not the first health concern related to Fetterman as the candidate released a report by cardiologist Dr. Ramesh Chandra in June that stated he suffers from a decreased heart pump and atrial fibrillation. Fetterman is also diagnosed with cardiomyopathy and requires a pacemaker.

Tuesday night’s debate is the only scheduled debate between the two candidates before the Nov. 8 election. Mail in ballots began Sept. 19 with more than 640,000 already submitted.

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