Recount in PA Senate GOP primary race between Dr. Oz, Dave McCormick

Republican US Senate nominee Mehmet Oz salutes supporters after the feature race on May 17, 2022 in Newtown, Pennsylvania, resulted in an automatic recount due to close results.

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The Pennsylvania Republican Senate primary race between Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dave McCormick will lead to a recount, the state Elections Commissioner announced Wednesday.

Oz, a famous doctor and first-time candidate endorsed by former President Donald Trump, led former hedge fund CEO McCormick by less than half a percentage point in the final vote, said the office of Acting Secretary of State Leigh Chapman.

This narrow margin triggered a mandatory recount under Pennsylvania law.

The recount is estimated to cost more than $1 million in taxpayer dollars, Chapman’s office said. Pennsylvania counties must begin recounting ballots no later than June 1 and complete their recounts by 12:00 p.m. ET on June 7.

The announcement came more than a week after the primary. The Pennsylvania State Department attributed the delay to the fact that the state’s laws do not allow for “pre-collection” of ballots before Election Day. That means counties couldn’t start counting mail-in ballots until the morning of the election, Chapman’s office said last Tuesday.

Her office noted at the time that about 900,000 mail-in ballot applications had been submitted for the primary.

The eventual winner of the Republican primary will contest the general election against Lt. gov. John Fetterman of Pennsylvania, who would win the state’s Democratic Senate primary by a wide margin.

The Swing State Senate race could prove to be the Midterms’ most important battle. The Democrats are trying to retain control of the Senate, which is split equally between 50 Republicans and the 50 Senators who side with the Democrats.

The Pennsylvania seat vacated by retired GOP Sen. Pat Toomey may offer Democrats their best chance of turning a red seat blue.

The cut-throat contest between Oz and McCormick continued as the results of the Republican primary rolled in.

McCormick filed a lawsuit Monday to ensure counties wouldn’t reject some mail-in ballots that arrived on time but didn’t have handwritten dates on the envelopes. The Republican Party has sided with Oz to counter McCormick’s efforts.

While the votes were still being tallied, Trump wrote on social media that Oz should “declare victory,” claiming it “makes it a lot harder for them to cheat with the ballots they ‘found’ by accident.”

Trump attempted this in the 2020 presidential race, which he lost to President Joe Biden. The former president falsely claimed that legitimately cast absentee ballots, which many states were counting more slowly than usual due to an influx during the coronavirus pandemic, were riddled with fraud.

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