(PresidentialInsider.com)- A new survey reveals a wide-open Republican primary one month before the primary and one week after Donald Trump backed celebrity, Dr. Mehmet Oz, for the Senate in Pennsylvania.
According to the reputable Trafalgar Poll, Oz currently has a 22.7 percent lead against hedge fund billionaire David McCormick among prospective GOP voters.
A Fox News contributor, Kathy Barnette came in third place with 18.4% of the vote. Barnette, a Black woman who lost a 2020 election to Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Pa., received news attention for her performance.
Carla Sands (11.2 percent) served as President Donald Trump’s ambassador to Denmark, and 2018 Lt. Gov. contender Jeff Bartos rounded out the top five in Trafalgar’s poll (7.7 percent).
Barnette feels that what’s astounding is that the two candidates running ahead of her have each spent nearly $18 million — the most of it their own money — while she has received $2 million in tiny donations.
Sands said she could win despite Trump’s backing, but making winning the primary more difficult.
Sands told us that the base is so eager for an ‘America First’ candidate who can combat the socialist takeover of our society.
All five of the top Republican candidates are staunch Trump backers.
Far-left Lt. Gov. John Fetterman is the front-runner among Democrats to replace retiring Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa. He is expected to win the May 17 primary against moderate Rep. Conor Lamb, D-Pa in nearly all polls.
On April 11-13, the Trafalgar Group polled 1,074 potential Pennsylvania GOP primary voters. The margin of error for the findings is plus or minus 2.99 percentage points.
Oz says the backlash to Trump’s support hasn’t shocked him.
Oz says that President Trump speaks what he feels has to be said, and not everyone agrees with him.
Third-party money from political action committees is also used to buy advertising against Oz in the campaign. Some of the commercials appear to have landed enough blows to have piqued the interest of some voters.
Voters asked Oz to clarify his opinions on topics at an event in southern Bucks County. One participant explicitly mentioned a sequence from Oz’s TV talk show addressing transgender youngsters used in an election commercial.
Oz explained to the audience that the aim of a network talk show is to hear both views, seeking to explain why non-conservative viewpoints were featured and presented in the way they were.
Dr. Ben Carson, a previous presidential candidate who served as Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development during Trump’s presidency, sat in the center of the town hall with Oz. Carson was always ready to come to Oz’s defense.
Carson sneered at the thought that some people feel Mehmet isn’t a conservative.
“What a bunch of crap,” Carson said.