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Dr. Mehmet Oz in 2016. (Photo: Shutterstock).

Cliffside Park man gains ground in Monmouth poll

Verona man, meanwhile, comes under heavy fire for paying for abortion in 2009

By Joey Fox, October 05 2022 11:10 am

Former Cliffside Park resident Mehmet Oz, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, has clawed back some support but remains at a disadvantage against Democratic Lieutenant Gov. John Fetterman, according to a new Monmouth University Poll released today.

The poll, which did not directly test a head-to-head between the two candidates, found that 48% of the registered voters surveyed would probably or definitely vote for Fetterman and 43% would probably or definitely vote for Oz. Fetterman’s five-point advantage – which, again, is not a direct head-to-head contest – is a decrease from the 49-39% edge he had in September.

Oz scored a favorability rating of 36-53%, while Fetterman was above water at 48-44%. 

After leading Oz by large polling margins all summer, Fetterman’s lead has shrunk in a number of polls, and the Cook Political Report moved the Pennsylvania Senate race back to Toss-up yesterday after deeming it Lean Democratic in August.

This week contained less good news, however, for another former New Jersey resident running for the Senate. 

On Monday, the Daily Beast reported that Herschel Walker, who lived in Verona from 1983 to 1985 and is now running as a Republican for Senate in Georgia, paid for a woman’s abortion in 2009 despite now running as an ardently anti-abortion candidate. The story was quickly followed by allegations from Walker’s son that Walker had abused his family and lied about it on the campaign trail.

Walker already had a series of bad news days in June when it was revealed that he had a number of unacknowledged children. So far, though, Republicans are sticking by their nominee, with the Mitch McConnell-aligned Senate Leadership Fund saying that the PAC is still “full speed ahead” in Georgia.

Elsewhere in the country, U.S. Senator Mark Kelly (D-Arizona), a West Orange native, appears to have an edge in his bid for re-election in Arizona; Kelly has led in every public poll, and the Cook Political Report moved his race to Lean Democratic last month.

And Cheri Beasley, a Democrat who attended Rutgers in the 1980s, remains at a disadvantage in her campaign for Senate in North Carolina. According to a SurveyUSA poll released yesterday, Beasley trails by a tiny 43-42% margin against Rep. Ted Budd (R-North Carolina), and most forecasters consider Budd to be the favorite.

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