Pennsylvania is a Battleground for U.S. Senate Race

May 12, 2022 | Member News, National News

When Republican U.S. Senator Pat Toomey decided not to run for a third term, the battle began for party control in Congress. President Joe Biden has two years left on his term and the party that wins will help determine how much he can accomplish. Twelve candidates are vying to represent their party in November.

The race has attracted large donations and major mudslinging. Lt. Governor John Fetterman has raised the most money of the Democratic candidates at $3.1 million, while Dave McCormick is the fund raising leader of the Republican candidates at $4.3 million. Dr. Mehmet Oz raised $1.7 million. Both McCormick and Oz have contributed substantial amounts of their own money. Dr. Oz was endorsed by former President Donald Trump on April 9, 2022.


John Fetterman, current lieutenant governor and former mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania

Conor Lamb, 2-term congressman representing parts of Pittsburgh and its northwestern suburbs

Malcolm Kenyatta, a state rep from Philadelphia

Kevin Baumlin, a Philadelphia doctor, who served as chair of Emergency Medicine at Pennsylvania Hospital

Alexandria Khalil, an IT specialist, former small business owner and educator



Jeff Bartos, Montgomery county businessman

David McCormick, a former hedge fund CEO, West Point graduate and army veteran

Carla Sands, a former ambassador to Denmark under President Trump

George Bochetto, a Philadelphia defense attorney

Kathy Barnette, Montgomery county businesswoman and Fox News commentator

Sean Gale, a Montgomery county lawyer

Mehmet Oz, a celebrity doctor and author with his own TV show.


This NBC Philadelphia report highlights why some of the candidates are running for U.S. Senate. Visit for more information about the election.