Mehmet Ozthe Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, loaned his campaign an additional $1 million on Oct. 20, according to a filing with the FEC.
Oz loaned his campaign money from his personal fortune throughout his candidacy – including $7 million in the most recent third trimester — and his latest loan of $1 million brings his cycle total to over $22 million. Earlier this month, his opponent, the Democratic Lt. Governor. John Fettermanclaimed that none of his catch came from his personal bank account.
Oz has been consistently outclassed by his opponent and Fetterman is banking on his financial advantage over Oz to pull him through the final weeks of the midterm campaign and securing one of the Democrats’ best chances of flipping a Senate seat. Adding to Fetterman’s edge, President Joe Biden and other notable party members, including Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, raised money for the Democratic nominee this week.
In the third quarter, from July to September, Fetterman raised $22 million, while Oz raised about $8.9 million in addition to the $7 million he loaned to his campaign.
At the end of the quarter entering October, Fetterman had a slight lead over Oz, from around $4.2 million to around $2.5 million. And in the final two and a half weeks of the race, Democrats are expected to outspend Republicans by about $25.6 million to $18.7 million on air, according to AdImpact’s latest totals.
Despite the significant fundraising advantage, Fetterman finds himself in a close race with Trump-backed Oz. After some polls found the Democrat with a double-digit lead over the summer, an average of CNN polls earlier this month showed Fetterman had the support of 50% of likely voters compared to 45% for Oz.
With nearly two weeks left until the midterm elections, Fetterman and Oz have focused on undecided women voters in suburban Philadelphia where Biden edged out Trump by nearly 300,000 votes.
The two Senate candidates will square off in their first and only debate on Tuesday.
“I conceded everything so that he could participate in this debate. It’s the only one he would accept. It has closed captions – everything it needs,” Oz said on Fox Saturday. “I just want him to show up on Tuesday so we can talk to Pennsylvania about our policies and let them see how extreme his positions have been.”