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Recount Likely in Close Pennsylvania GOP Senate Race

Recount Likely in Close Pennsylvania GOP Senate Race

Pennsylvania’s Republican primary for an open U.S. Senate seat is too close to call and is likely headed for a statewide recount to decide the winner of the contest between TV show host-turned-Ultra MAGA Dr. Mehmet Oz and former hedge fund CEO David McCormick. A recount would mean that the outcome of the race might not be known until June 8th, the deadline for counties to report their results to the state.

Dr. Oz, who was endorsed by Donald Trump and Fox News after quickly taking on the MAGA platform, led McCormick by 1,079 votes, or 0.08 percentage points, out of 1,340,248 ballots counted as of 5 p.m. Friday. The race is close enough to trigger Pennsylvania’s automatic recount law, with the separation between the candidates inside the law’s 0.5% margin. The winner will face Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman in November’s midterm elections in what Democrats see as their best opportunity to pick up a seat in the closely divided Senate.

 

Pennsylvania’s 67 counties have until Tuesday’s deadline in state law to certify their results to the state. Then the state’s top election official has until next Thursday to issue a recount order, which is mandatory unless the losing candidate asks in writing that it not be carried out. Counties have until June 7th, three weeks after the election, to finish the recount and another day to report results to the state.

Fetterman won the Democratic nomination while in the hospital recovering from a stroke four days before the election. The incumbent, Republican Sen. Pat Toomey, is retiring after serving two terms.

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