Millions are following wealthy candidates in the Pennsylvania Senate race

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Money is pouring into Pennsylvania’s hotly contested race for the U.S. Senate, as wealthy and well-connected candidates have come from out of state, followed by millions in ads televisions and super PACs.

Filings released online by the Federal Election Commission ahead of Monday night’s deadline showed Mehmet Oz – best known as the daytime TV host of the ‘Dr. Oz Show’ – loaned himself $5.2 million. dollars. He spent almost everything.

Meanwhile, a super PAC backing a Republican Oz rival, former hedge fund CEO David McCormick, has raised more than $5 million from the financial world.

That included $5 million from conservative billionaire donor Ken Griffin of Chicago-based Citadel LLC, a multinational hedge fund and financial services company that handles about 25% of all US stock trades.

In the race for the Democratic primary, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman has maintained a solid cash advantage — $5.3 million to $3 million — over his closest rival, Conor Lamb, a third-term Congressman from suburban Pittsburgh. .

Fetterman raised $2.7 million in the last three months of 2021 but spent more than half of it, while Lamb raised $1.3 million and spent just under half, according to the documents.

Three other rivals in the primary from each party each raised into the six figures in the last quarter of 2021. The primary election is May 17.


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