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How ‘Just a Dude’ in Shorts Became a Senate Frontrunner

Public opinion polls in Pennsylvania have been scarce and theoretically there is still time to turn the Democratic race upside down. But so far, there’s little evidence that issues about his past or his persona have tarnished the enthusiasm for Mr. Fetterman among many Democratic primary voters.

He ran unsuccessfully for the Senate in 2016, but built a devoted following, and beyond beating a sedentary to win his party’s nomination for lieutenant governor, he has been visibly present in office statewide. He had attracted national attention as mayor of Braddock, a struggling former steel town he worked to revive. But he signed new levels of notification as a fixture for cable television when Pennsylvania’s 2020 votes were counted.

His campaign has had an overwhelming fundraising advantage, ahead of television advertising and early entry into the race. Rep. Conor Lamb — the polished Western Pennsylvania moderate who has emerged as his closest rival — later joined the race, garnering notable institutional support, but struggled to break through the state whether Mr. Fetterman was effectively in negative territory. define terms.

On Thursday night, as he made the rounds at The Holy Hound, crowds yelled for selfies and offered him chips or a beer. mr. Fetterman, who often holds campaign events in breweries and bars, regretfully declined. “Hello yes!” he replied a young participant who asked for a photo. He thanked another supporter who had already voted for ‘triple awesome’.

“I feel like I can have a beer with Fetterman and we click,” said Robert Keebler, 45, a union worker in suburban Pittsburgh.

Mr. Fetterman is widely regarded as a progressive candidate who promotes such things as raising the minimum wage, legalizing marijuana and eliminating the filibusterand fighting for voting rights, abortion rights and protection for LGBTQ people.

“Some people, you know, will say, ‘The Democrats! The culture wars! What are you going to do?’ I’m like, ‘Bring it on!’” said Mr. Fetterman in York, “If you’re having fun or getting your voters excited by bullying gay and trans kids, you know, it’s time for a new kind of job.”

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