Former President Donald Trump issued a statement on Thursday urging Pennsylvania Republicans to support his choice for Senate, television personality Dr. Mehmet Oz, as rival Kathy Barnette climbs the Republican primary polls.
Barnette, a conservative commentator, has begun to gain traction in polls as the May 17 primary approaches. In a recent ad campaign, titled “It wasn’t a choice. It was a life,” Barnette said her mother was raped when she was just 11 years old and that Barnette is the result of her mother rejecting abortion under horrific circumstances. The ad struck a chord with anti-abortion Republican primary voters, especially as a recent leak from the Supreme Court suggests the court may repeal its Roe v. Wade