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Republican Senate race in Pennsylvania too close to call

Christopher WilsonChristopher Wilson·Senior Writer·4 min readIn this article:
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The race for the Republican Senate nomination in Pennsylvania between David McCormick and Dr. Mehmet Oz remained too close to call Wednesday morning.

McCormick, a former hedge fund executive, and Oz, the celebrity doctor who has the backing of former President Donald Trump, could possibly end up going to an automatic recount in the race to fill the seat of retiring GOP Sen. Pat Toomey, which is triggered if the margin of victory is within 0.5%. Both men told supporters late Tuesday that they expected to win when all the votes were counted.

Senate candidate David McCormick.
Senate candidate David McCormick addresses supporters in Pittsburgh late Tuesday. (Keith Srakocic/AP)

The Pennsylvania secretary of state said it could be a “few days” until unofficial results are available.

Kathy Barnette, a political commentator and former House candidate who surged in polling during the final week of the campaign, finished third in the Republican primary behind McCormick and Oz. Her defeat is welcome news to national Republicans, who feared that her political inexperience and hard-line views would doom her in a general election. Trump and Fox News host Sean Hannity were among the conservatives saying she wasn’t vetted and would cost Republicans come November.

Oz and McCormick both moved to the state to compete for the seat. Oz, who attended medical school and business school at the University of Pennsylvania, relocated from New Jersey, while McCormick, a Pennsylvania native, moved from Connecticut.

While Oz earned Trump’s endorsement, he received a mixed reception at a rally in western Pennsylvania earlier this month, with many of the attendees booing him.

“Dr. Oz, I’ve known him a long time,” Trump said at the May 6 event. “His show is great. He’s on that screen, he’s in the bedrooms of all those women telling them good and bad, and they love him. He came into a place where we had a lot of women sitting there waiting for something unrelated, they started going crazy, ‘Is that Dr. Oz?’”

Dr. Mehmet Oz.
Dr. Mehmet Oz speaks to supporters in Newtown, Pa., on Tuesday. (Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

Since earning Trump’s endorsement, Oz has started to repeat the former president’s conspiracy theories about the 2020 election being stolen, saying at a debate in April, “I have discussed it with President Trump and we cannot move on. … We have to be serious about what happened in 2020, and we won’t be able to address that until we can really look under the hood.”

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