Former presidents visiting Pittsburgh area to rally for candidates before midterm elections

Two former presidents will be stumping in the Pittsburgh area on Saturday as we inch closer to Tuesday’s midterm election.

Former President Barack Obama will host a rally in Schenley Plaza in Oakland around noon Saturday backing Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman. Then, later in the evening, former President Donald Trump will rally for Republican candidate for Senate, Dr. Mehmet Oz and Republican candidate for governor, Doug Mastriano.

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“I think it gives a lot of weight toward what this election means,” political science student, Kyra Wisneski told Channel 11.

“I feel like my vote has a lot more weight in PA than living in other places,” Lupin Conway told Channel 11.

President Joe Biden will also be in Philadelphia on Saturday to campaign for Fetterman.

“Having that Senate seat up for election and could possibly flip that seat is really crucial,” Wisneski added.

Friday morning at Schenley Plaza, the stage is set, tents are up, and the fences are in place ahead of Obama’s visit to town. Roughly 40 miles away in Westmoreland County, Arnold Palmer Regional Airport is preparing for Trump. His rally begins at 7 p.m.

In a new Marist poll out Friday, Fetterman holds a six-point lead over Oz among people who say they definitely plan to vote and among registered voters. According to that same poll, Democrat Josh Shapiro is holding steady with a double-digit lead over Republican Doug Mastriano in the race for governor.

“A lot of people are disillusioned with politics, but it’s still exciting to be able to see it and be a part of it,” Conway added.

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