Dr. Mehmet Oz is claiming "presumptive" victory over David McCormick as a recount of votes cast in Pennsylvania's Republican Senate primary begins.
The Oz campaign released a glitzy, campaign-style video Friday morning, during which the celebrity heart surgeon and television personality thanked Pennsylvania voters for their support and looked ahead to the general election.
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Oz did not mention McCormick or the Democratic nominee, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, by name but signaled that he would focus on unifying the Republican Party for the next phase of the campaign.
"I am blessed to have earned the presumptive Republican nomination for the United States Senate," said Oz, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump.
"You want to make sure that the person you elect will stand up for what you believe is important," Oz continued. "I am here to tell you that I am going to do that, but more importantly, I am going to reach to every corner of this commonwealth. I know we’ve got to heal, we’ve got to pull people together again — I want to make sure that happens."
The McCormick campaign, refusing to concede ground as a recount gets underway, responded by pointing to a statement issued by the candidate on Tuesday.
"We are proud our campaign received nearly 418,000 votes, won 37 of 67 counties, and contributed to a historic turnout with a razor-thin difference between myself and Mehmet Oz," he said. "This narrow difference triggers an automatic recount, and we look forward to a swift resolution so our party can unite to defeat socialist John Fetterman in the fall."
Oz was leading by approximately 900 votes from the May 17 primary with possibly thousands of mail-in, absentee, and provisional ballots left to count, more than enough to sway the outcome.
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Even amid these outstanding ballots, the Pennsylvania secretary of state's office announced this week that a statewide recount would commence, with this second tally due from all 67 counties June 7.