Recount of votes in the Pennsylvania Republican primary for the Senate

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. With just 910 votes separating the leading candidates in Pennsylvania’s Republican primary for the US Senate, counties were preparing Thursday to begin a recount of votes between famed heart 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 would start Friday, while most other counties said they would start next week. The preliminary outcome of last week’s election remained elusive Thursday, with some counties still collecting thousands of remaining ballot papers.

Oz, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, He beats McCormick by just 0.07 percentage points from the more than 1.3 million ballot papers the state announced Thursday. The McCormick campaign has demanded a vote to bridge the gap with Oz, and launched a legal effort in state courts to force counties to count some ballots that might be voided on technical grounds.

In a recount, most ballot papers are re-scanned electronically. Election lawyers say election workers check ballots manually if the scanner doesn’t record a vote or rejects it as a double vote, and they may find more voters there.

The biggest change in votes may come from spotting a data entry error, a human error that can go either way, they say.

Recount The official result of the Republican primary will be out through June 8.

The winner of the Republican race will face the Democratic candidate, Lieutenant-Colonel. Government. Jon Fetterman, in the midterm contest in November. Democrats see it as their best chance to take a seat in the closely divided Senate. The incumbent is a Republican senator. Pat Tommy, retires after serving two terms.

The separation between Oz and McCormick is within the 0.5% margin required to begin a recount under Pennsylvania law, and the state’s top electoral official ordered the recount Wednesday.. The Associated Press will not announce the winner of the race until the recount is complete.

The deadline for counties to submit their unofficial results to the state election office was Tuesday. However, counties continued to count thousands of votes Thursday, including temporary, military and foreign ballots.

Counties have until June 7 to finish the recount and another day to submit results to the state.

Court decisions can affect the outcome.

McCormick’s campaign asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court To order counties to obey the decision of the Federal Court of Appeals and to count mail-in ballot papers that lack the handwritten date on the outer envelope. A lower court has ordered a hearing next Tuesday on the matter.

Oz, the Republican National Committee and the state’s Republican Party oppose McCormick’s request. A separate case affecting the ballot papers themselves can be taken to the US Supreme Court.

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