In the last weeks before the midterm elections, the thin ice Democrats have been skating on may have cracked as Republicans prep to take the U.S. Senate Majority. With key states Pennsylvania and Georgia’s debate performances by Fetterman and Warnock leaving much to be desired it may have been just enough to end their hopes. While many Democratic strategists are hoping that Fetterman’s participation in the debate Tuesday night will be good enough for them to consider voting for him, the real truth is that both his performance and Warnock’s earlier this month have been underwhelming in states that Democrats never thought they would have to worry about.
Fetterman was slow to respond during the debate because he used a closed-caption device that delayed some of his answers. The use of this device stemmed from the stroke he had suffered back in May. However, the real killer for Fetterman during the debate was his mix-up on fracking. The fact that he couldn’t figure out if he did or didn’t support fracking could be an issue for Pennsylvania’s voters. Local papers in Pennsylvania have highlighted top issues locals care about including crime, fracking, inflation, and the minimum wage. With fracking being a top concern for the state, not being clear on his position on the subject could cost him.
Between this and Warnock’s performance, this one could end up coming back to haunt the party when they lose the majority in November. As of Tuesday, more than 639,000 people have already voted in the state, and with Polls showing only the slightest margin between Fetterman and Oz this performance could be a deciding factor come November 8th.
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