Democrats’ hopes of holding Senate may rest on hoodie, shorts-wearing ex-mayor
By Jarrett Renshaw and James Oliphant
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – The Democratic Party’s hopes of picking up a much-needed U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania are likely tethered to a 6-foot, 8-inch tall tattooed and goateed liberal who eschews suits for hoodies and once met with President Joe Biden wearing basketball shorts.
John Fetterman, 52, the state’s lieutenant governor, is surging in opinion polls ahead of the May 17 Democratic Senate primary, shocking political observers who had predicted a close contest with U.S. Representative Conor Lamb, a moderate who party insiders view as having the best chance against Republicans in November’s general election.
The state presents Democrats with perhaps their best opportunity for adding an additional Senate seat in November and blocking