Democrat John Fetterman won the Senate race in Pennsylvania and will take a seat currently held by a Republican, the Associated Press projected, giving Democrats a significant boost in their effort to retain control of the Senate.\n\nThe race marked the first Senate flip of the night.\n\nWith more than 80% of the vote tallied, Mr. Fetterman had 49% support, compared with 48% for Republican Mehmet Oz, the celebrity doctor who entered politics recently after a long television career.\n\n"I'm just so proud of the race that we ran," Mr. Fetterman said. "This campaign has always been about fighting for everyone who's ever been got knocked down, that ever got back up."\n\nMr. Fetterman, 53 years old, who is currently the Pennsylvania lieutenant governor, will replace Republican Sen. Pat Toomey, who is retiring. Currently, each party has 50 seats in the Senate.\n\nThe race had taken an usual turn in May, when Mr. Fetterman suffered a stroke that kept him off the campaign trail for about three months.\n\nOn his return, he said the stroke had left him with lingering auditory problems that diminished his ability to process and articulate words but had not affected his cognitive abilities. In some interviews and public appearances, Mr. Fetterman used a video monitor with closed captioning of the conversation to help him understand what others were saying.\n\nMr. Fetterman cut an untraditional profile as a politician, becoming famous in the state for wearing gym shorts and a hoodie sweatshirt to public events, rather than the traditional jacket and necktie. As lieutenant governor, he made legalizing marijuana his signature issue and worked in his role as leader of the state Board of Pardons to grant pardons to larger numbers of incarcerated individuals.\n\nMr. Oz is famous from the long-running The Doctor Oz Show but was not politically active until recently. He moved to Pennsylvania ahead of his Senate run after living for years in neighboring New Jersey, opening him to charges from the Fetterman campaign that he did not understand the problems of Pennsylvania residents. He won the Republican primary in May by a narrow margin of 0.07 percentage points, aided by an endorsement from former President Donald Trump.\n\nMost analysts had expected a close election, given Pennsylvania’s history of nail-baiting presidential contests in recent years. President Joe Biden won the state in 2020 by less than 1.2 percentage points after his party had lost it by an even smaller margin four years earlier.