Dr. Mehmet Oz, best known as the host of TV’s Dr. Oz Show and celebrity heart surgeon, is planning to run for Pennsylvania’s open U.S. Senate seat.
Oz, 61, reportedly told associates and Republicans in Pennsylvania of his plans to run, according to two people who spoke to the Associated Press. One of the people was told directly by Oz of his plans to run, while the other was briefed in a separate conversation. Both spoke on conditions of anonymity.
Oz is a longtime New Jersey resident but plans to run in Pennsylvania. He has not explained why he is not running in the state where he has lived for the past two decades. But this year, Oz began voting in Pennsylvania’s elections by absentee ballot, registered to his in-law’s address in suburban Philadelphia.
Oz, who would run as a Republican, would enter a GOP field that is in a time of reset, with an influx of candidates and new opportunities to appeal to voters who remain loyal to former President Donald Trump, as the candidate endorsed by Trump recently exited the race.
Oz has not declared any plans to run publicly but said through a TV show spokesperson that he has received encouragement to run. Oz’s announcement is expected to come Tuesday night on Sean Hannity‘s Fox News show, which Hannity previewed by announcing Oz would appear and that “he has a huge announcement. Hint: think midterm election.”
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Should Oz run, he would bring his unrivaled name recognition and wealth to a wide-open race that is expected to be among the nation’s most competitive in next year’s election and could determine control of the Senate.
As one of the nation’s biggest presidential electoral prizes, Pennsylvania put Democrat Joe Biden over the top in last year’s election. His 1-point victory put the swing state back in Democratic hands after Trump won it even more narrowly in 2016.
Oz’s longtime home is above the Hudson River in Cliffside Park, New Jersey, overlooking Manhattan, where he films his TV show and practices medicine. Oz became a household name after gaining fame as a guest on Oprah Winfrey‘s show.
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