Pennsylvania. Secretary of State orders vote recount in GOP Senate primary between Oz and McCormick

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The race between celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz and former hedge fund CEO David McCormick is headed for a recount after Pennsylvania’s chief election official said on Wednesday that the margin between the two top Republican candidates was thin enough to cause one.

In a statement, Acting Secretary of State Lee M. Chapman said she would “order a lawful statewide vote recount in the May 17 Republican election race for a seat in the U.S. Senate. Muhammed C. Oz and David H. McCormick, first and second place finishers on the respectively, they both have total votes within half of one percent margin which results in a mandatory recount under state law.”

The move pushes the outcome of the race into June as the provinces have until June 7 to recount and report their findings to the Secretary of State by June 8.

According to the latest vote count, Oz beat McCormick with 947 votes, out of more than 1.3 million votes.

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Oz has the support of former President Donald Trump, who criticized the vote and urged Jarrah to simply declare his victory.

“We are proud that our campaign received nearly 418,000 votes, won 37 districts out of 67, and contributed to a historic turnout by a very narrow margin between me and Mehmet Oz,” McCormick said in a statement. He said the campaign was looking for a “quick solution” to the recount so that “we can unite to defeat socialist John Fetterman in the fall.”

The Oz campaign did not immediately respond to news of the recount.

The winner of the Republican primary will face a lieutenant colonel. Government. Fetterman (Democrat) in a crucial contest for control of the Senate. The seat is currently held by the Senator. Patrick C. Tommy (right), who is stepping back after 11 years in office.

Democrats are seizing news of the recount on Wednesday, as the Senate’s Democratic campaign committee argues that the eventual GOP winner will be hurt by the “endless in-party fighting.”

“The recount will ensure Republicans remain divided, disorganized, and in disarray — and any GOP candidate who eventually emerges will run the general election with the greatest damage,” DSCC spokesman David Bergsten said in a statement.

The primaries also highlighted Republicans’ views of mail-in voting, after McCormick filed a lawsuit this week to ensure ballots lacking handwritten dates were not discarded. The Oz campaign dismissed the move as an attempt to count “legally disapproved votes”.

It’s unclear how many ballots lack handwritten dates — but McCormick might get close to Oz if those cards are counted. While Oz did better with in-person voting, mail-in ballots slightly favored McCormick, who received 32 percent of the mail-in vote in the state versus Oz’s 23 percent, according to Pennsylvania State Department data.

Maria Luisa Bale contributed to this report.

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