In the race for the Republican nomination in Pennsylvania’s Senate race, all the attention has been on Mehmet Oz, who even got Trump’s endorsement.
But Kathy Barnette has come from behind to become a conservative favorite.
Could she be the surprise candidate of this election? It’s starting to look that way.
Even the liberal outlet Politico is reporting this:
‘Ultra-MAGA’ longshot roars into contention in key Senate race
Kathy Barnette has been outspent 358-to-1 on TV in Pennsylvania’s GOP primary for the Senate. She hasn’t run for statewide office before. She doesn’t have former President Donald Trump’s endorsement.
But the ultra-MAGA commentator is surging in the polls anyway in the final weeks of one of the most expensive and closely watched races in the country.
Barnette’s unlikely — and, to some, unbelievable — rise has turned heads in political circles across the state because it defies political logic. Just two years ago, she lost a House bid in the Philadelphia suburbs by a wide margin. This time around, her opponents Mehmet Oz and David McCormick have spent $12.4 million and $11.4 million on television commercials, respectively, according to the ad-tracking firm AdImpact. Other candidates and outside groups have bankrolled $25 million more in spots. Oz has also won a highly sought-after nod from Trump.
Barnette, on the other hand, has spent a paltry $137,000 on TV.
“Barnette’s apparent rise is surprising just because of the lack of notoriety or resources compared to some of the other candidates in that race,” said Brian Nutt, a Pennsylvania-based Republican strategist who is not working for a candidate in the contest.
Barnette was once an unknown. Now she is rapidly climbing in polls.
— Robert C. Cahaly (@RobertCahaly) May 9, 2022
If Barnette pulls this out, it will shock the establishment.
And she could actually do it.