John Fetterman won the Democratic Senate primary in Pennsylvania on Super Tuesday despite suffering a stroke just days prior to the election and having a hard time winning support amongst black voters who might have doubts about a prospect who held an unnamed black jogger at gunpoint in 2013.
“Mr. Fetterman won by huge margins all across Pennsylvania, with one notable exception: Philadelphia,” journalist Michael Sokolove wrote in the New York Times. “There, it was a close race against a third Democratic primary candidate, Malcolm Kenyatta, a city resident and the first black openly gay L.G.B.T.Q. member of the state legislature.”
Indeed, the candidate revered by white progressives as one of the “coolest” political leaders in America for his tattoos and freight shorts hardly won Philadelphia County, where approximately 44 percent of the population is black. Fetterman won simply 36.8 percent of the vote, barely ahead of Kenyatta at 33.1 percent.
Fetterman was devastated in the most heavily black sections of Philadelphia, according to Democratic data analyst Tom Bonier. “While Fetterman can certainly hold the Senate seat in PA, especially against a divided GOP, he clearly has work to do to win over black voters,” Bonier wrote on Twitter. “In Ward 50 in Philly (>90% Black pop) he finished no better than a distant 3rd in each of the ward’s 30 precincts.”
While Fetterman can certainly hold the Senate seat in PA, especially against a divided GOP, he clearly has work to do to win over Black voters. In Ward 50 in Philly (>90% Black pop) he finished no better than a distant 3rd in each of the ward's 30 precincts.
— Tom Bonier (@tbonier) May 18, 2022
In the precincts Bonier identified, Fetterman, got approximately simply 18.4 percent of the vote. That isn’t excellent, according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis. Social network users weighed in to reveal discouragement about Fetterman’s success due to the racially charged vigilante occurrence in 2013, for which he has actually refused to apologize.
“I would like white Dems to ask themselves how they would feel knocking on doors in Philly & saying, ‘You gotta get out to vote for this guy even though he held a black man at gunpoint. Sorry!'” wrote liberal journalist Magdi Semrau.
It's beyond foolish to forget we only have a shot at PA without high Black turnout. I would like white Dems to ask themselves how they would feel knocking on doors in Philly & saying, "You gotta get out to vote for this guy even though he held a Black man at gunpoint. Sorry!"
— Magdi Semrau (@magi_jay) May 16, 2022
Twitter user @2Raw2Real posted a video published a video of a horrified black female, yelling and in tears upon going into a haunted home, together with the caption: “Black voters in Pennsylvania going to go vote for John Fetterman in November.”
Black voters in Pennsylvania going to go vote 🗳 for John Fetterman in November pic.twitter.com/dwC6PaMYoJ
— 2RawTooReal (@2RawTooReal) May 18, 2022
Fetterman will compete with the winner of the state’s Republican Senate primary, which since Wednesday was still too close to call. The Donald Trump-backed star medical professional Dr. Mehmet Oz presently holds a 0.2 percent lead over previous Bush administration authorities David McCormick. The race is most likely to be chosen by an official recount.