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Fetterman raises $1.6 million after PA Dem Senate primary win, campaign says

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John Fetterman, lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania and Democratic senate candidate, speaks in a recorded message during a primary election night event in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US, on Tuesday, May 17, 2022.

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Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman raised $1.6 million in only 24 hours after winning the Democratic primary to compete for the state’s all-important open U.S. Senate seat, his campaign said Thursday.

Fetterman, 52, raked in those donations after suffering a stroke last week that kept him off the campaign trail in the ultimate days of the first. He underwent a successful pacemaker surgery Tuesday, the day of the election.

“Thanks, from the underside of my heart, to your support,” Fetterman said Thursday through his campaign. “I’m deeply honored to be your nominee, and I’m looking forward to turning this seat blue in November.” 

The Fetterman campaign didn’t immediately reply to CNBC’s request for further detail concerning the donations.

Fetterman will face off in the overall election against the winner of the Republican Senate primary, which has yet to provide a nominee.

The highest contenders, ex-hedge funder Dave McCormick and Trump-endorsed celebrity Dr. Mehmet Oz, are locked in a neck-and-neck race that appears to be headed toward a recount. The 2 candidates’ campaigns have each predicted that they may emerge victorious.

The progressive Fetterman’s laid-back style and populist politics endeared him to Pennsylvania Democrats: Fetterman won every county within the state, NBC News projected.

He defeated his nearest rival in the first, U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb, by nearly 33 percentage points, in response to NBC.

Fetterman’s campaign had nearly $1.87 million money available as of late April, in response to essentially the most recent Federal Election Commission filings. Fetterman had raised greater than $16 million in total as of April 27, FEC data shows.

The race to fill the seat being vacated by GOP Sen. Pat Toomey could prove to be one of the crucial necessary fights of the midterms. Democrats are attempting to not lose control of the Senate, which is evenly split between 50 Republicans and the 50 senators who caucus with Democrats — while Vice President Kamala Harris holds a tiebreaking vote.

The Pennsylvania Senate race may offer Democrats’ best likelihood to flip a red seat blue.

The party quickly got behind Fetterman. In an announcement Tuesday night, President Joe Biden said that the Democrats are “united around John.”

Fetterman “understands that working class families in Pennsylvania and across the country have been dealt out for much too long,” Biden’s statement said. “It is time to deal them back in, and electing John to the US Senate can be a giant step forward for Pennsylvania’s working people.”

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