Recount cranks up in Pennsylvania’s GOP primary for Senate

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — With just 910 votes separating the two leading candidates in Pennsylvania’s Republican primary for the US Senate, counties on Thursday prepared to begin the recount between famed cardiac surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz and former hedge fund CEO David McCormick.

At least seven counties — Bedford, Clinton, Crawford, Lehigh, Montour, Tioga and Warren — said they will start Friday, while most other counties said they will start next week. The first result of last week’s election remained elusive Thursday as some counties were still counting thousands of remaining ballots.

Oz, who is backed by former President Donald Trump, leads McCormick by just 0.07 percentage points from more than 1.3 million ballots reported by the state on Thursday. McCormick’s campaign has sought votes to close the gap with Oz and launched a legal effort in state courts to force counties to count certain mail-in ballots that might otherwise be thrown out for technical reasons.

In a recount, most ballots are simply re-scanned electronically. Poll officials hand-check ballots to see if a scanner hasn’t picked up a vote or dismissed it as a double vote, and they could find more voters there, election attorneys say.

The biggest change in the votes could come from the discovery of a data entry error, a human error that could go either way, they say.

The recount will drag out the official result of the Republican primary until June 8th.

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