HUNTINGDON VALLEY, Pa. (CBS) — Since polling stations opened, people have come and cast their ballots at the Huntingdon Valley Library in the 2022 Pennsylvania primary, but none has been more recognizable than Kathy Barnette. The United States Senate nominee hopes Tuesday’s turnout will help her secure the nomination.
Barnette beamed from ear to ear when she and her family arrived at the Huntingdon Valley Library in Montgomery County to cast their lead votes in person.
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“Make sure you come out and vote,” Barnette said. “Don’t let anything discourage you. Every single Republican, you must attend these elections today and make sure your voice is heard.”
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Barnette fought hard to secure the GOP Senate nomination. She’s risen sharply in the polls lately, but according to RealClearPolitics.com, she still trails Dr. Mehmet Oz, and Dave McCormick is not far behind.
Political pundits say she came out of nowhere, an underdog who rose to the top late in the game and with a lot less money.
“I know who the Pennsylvanians are, so today I feel very confident about my chances,” Barnette said.
But Barnette is struggling with some backlash after some images emerged recently that appear to show her marching in the capital with members of extremist group Proud Boys on January 6.
Reporter: Do you have any connection with the Proud Boys?
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Barnette: “Thank you guys.”
Barnette didn’t want to comment on the controversy, and it didn’t stop supporters like Conrad Kraus from voting for her.
“She came out of nowhere,” Kraus said. “Very important, she came out of nowhere. She doesn’t go into the office as a multi-millionaire. She knows how to make money.”
Eyewitness News was at the Star Barn in Elizabethtown, Lancaster County, home base of the Barnette campaign, Tuesday night.
Barnette served in the armed forces reserve, was an associate professor of corporate finance and a political commentator.
Go to the polls with my wife Lisa to vote for Mehmet Oz! pic.twitter.com/5GGjCNdlLL
– DR. Mehmet Oz (@DrOz) May 17, 2022
Oz didn’t reveal where or how he planned to vote, but tweeted a picture early Tuesday morning with the caption, “Going to the polls with my wife Lisa to vote for Mehmet Oz!”
Oz had an address about a mile or two from here in Bryn Athyn. Eyewitness News was told he cast his ballot in the district early Tuesday morning.
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CBS3’s Ross DiMattei and Kerri Corrado contributed to this report.