Marion McKeone: Formidable Fetterman leads Democrats’ charge as Senate race hots up

The 6’9” Pennsylvanian holds a strong lead over celebrity chat show host Dr Mehmet Oz in the most eye-catching of the midterm contests in the US

John Fetterman, the Democrat candidate for Pennsylvania’s Senate seat, meets supporters at a rally in the Bayfront Convention Center last week. Picture: Getty

A funny thing happened on the way to the midterms. As Republican and Democratic contenders in Senate, House and governors’ races across the US gear up for the final ten-week stretch, predictions of the Democrats demise – not to say outright annihilation at the voting booth – are being revised.

Two months ago, Newt Gingrich, the former Republican Speaker of the House, and his cable news cohorts were gleefully predicting the loss of 75 House ...