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Oz’s Perfect Storm & MAGA’s Ye Problem

Republican Pennsylvania Senate nominee Dr. Mehmet Oz.
Republican Pennsylvania Senate nominee Dr. Mehmet Oz. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images
Tina Nguyen
October 26, 2022

From the beginning, Mehmet Oz faced an uphill battle in the Pennsylvania Senate race, carrying so much baggage that even a gold-plated endorsement from Donald Trump did not guarantee a victory in the primary. The MAGA faithful were suspicious of his Hollywood background, his equivocation on culture war issues, and his reputation—not entirely undeserved—as a wealthy New Jersey carpetbagger. And for once, these were all things that moderates worried about, too. What self-respecting Pennsylvanian mixes up Redner’s and Wegmans, or misspells the name of the town he allegedly lives in, or forgets how many houses he owns out of state?