The most expensive contest for a U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania history came to a close earlier this morning, when Republican Mehmet Oz conceded to Democrat John Fetterman.
Fetterman was projected as the winner by numerous news organizations late Tuesday night and holds a 170,000 vote lead over the celebrity doctor.
Oz offered his concession on Wednesday morning, saying “This morning I called John Fetterman and congratulated him. I wish him and his family all the best, both personally and as our next United States Senator. Campaigning throughout our great Commonwealth was the honor of a lifetime, and I will cherish the memories and the people I met. Pennsylvanians showed up with passion and a vision for a bright future that I found inspiring every day. I want to thank my supporters, so many of whom worked tirelessly to spread our message and support me and my family.
“We are facing big problems as a country and we need everyone to put down their partisan swords and focus on getting the job done. With bold leadership that brings people together, we can create real change. As a Doctor, I always do my best to help others heal. That’s why I ran for Senate. I hope we begin the healing process as a nation soon.”
Fetterman tweeted after the early morning projection, “It’s official. I will be the next U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania. We bet on the people of Pennsylvania – and you didn’t let us down And I won’t let you down. Thank you.”
He has not commented since the concession but did take time for a photo with his team.