Reader Poll: Democrats Should Nominate Kenyatta for U.S. Senate in 2022

Although Pennsylvania’s Democratic primary field is still forming for the 2022 U.S. Senate race, PoliticsPA readers believe that a state rep from Philadelphia should be the party’s nominee in the race to succeed outgoing Sen. Pat Toomey. 

With 3,748 voted casted, 38% of PoliticsPA readers say that state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta (D-Philadelphia) should be the Democratic Party’s nominee for U.S. Senate in 2022. Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Allegheny), who is currently the lone member of the state’s congressional delegation reportedly mulling a run for the seat, finished in a close second place by securing 35% of the vote. 

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, who is off to an early fundraising advantage in the race, finished in a distant third place with 15% of the vote. Montgomery County Commissioner Val Arkoosh finished in fourth place with 6% of the vote. 

State Sen. Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia), who filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Elections Commission for U.S. Senate and formally announced an exploratory committee in April, former Norristown Borough Council President John McGuigan, and Alexandria Khalil finished with 1% of the vote. 

2% of PoliticsPA readers believe that someone else should be the nominee as opposed to the eight candidates listed. 

Reader Poll: Who Should Democrats Nominate for U.S. Senate in 2022?


  • Malcolm Kenyatta (38%)
  • Conor Lamb (35%)
  • John Fetterman (15%)
  • Val Arkoosh (6%)
  • Someone Else (2%)
  • Sharif Street (1%)
  • John McGuigan (1%)
  • Alexandria Khalil (1%)
  • Kevin Baumlin (0%)

Total Voters: 3,748

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7 Responses

  1. The poll I s not scientific but it does suggest that Fetterman doesn’t have the support he is trying to portray. It’s fine for him to raise money out of state but he’s a misfit for the senate. Maybe he should reconsider and run for Governor-nevermind. He hasn’t demonstrated he can do that job either

  2. Fetterman is a Lt Gov and fundraising very well. The poll actually helps the man. It gives him the aura of challenger which plays to his advantage. Clearly. Fetterman’s previous statewide races have given him contacts and experience that is hard to top. He will be tough to beat.

    1. He hitched his ride to the socialist crowd. It’s not his hard work. It’s their network.

      The guy should be thrown out of office for his behavior. Apparently all you need to do in our Country these days is call for more Government spending and twist everything into a reason why America is terrible, and you can raise money nationally with wide appeal on media like MSNBC

  3. Republicans must have voted heavily for the candidate who is easiest for them to beat.

  4. Obviously not a scientific poll, but who’d Kenyatta ever beat. Plus, winning in a district that is 85% Democratic isn’t a good of a barometer of what will happen statewide IF he would past the primary.
    PA 181 isn’t a microcosm of the Commonwealth of PA.

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