The results of Pennsylvania’s closely watched and razor-thin Republican Senate primary will go to a recount, according to a Wednesday announcement from the state’s top election official. The recount will likely delay calling the winner into June.
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Pennsylvania’s acting secretary of state, Leigh Chapman, said in a statement that the results between the top two contenders, television personality Dr. Mehmet Oz and businessman Dave McCormick, are within the margin to prompt a mandatory recount under state law.
Current totals show Oz, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, leading McCormick by less than 1,000 votes, out of more than 1.3 million votes cast in the seven-person GOP primary, or about 0.1 percentage points. Pennsylvania conducts mandatory recounts when the top two candidates are separated by 0.5 percentage points or less unless the candidates waive that right.
McCormick’s campaign indicated it planned to pursue the recount. Counties must complete their recounts by June 7.
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The winner of the primary will face Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman in November’s general election. Pennsylvania’s open Senate seat, soon to be vacated by the retiring Sen. Pat Toomey, is a key part of Republicans’ efforts to win a Senate majority. Meanwhile, the seat could be the Democrats’ best pickup opportunity to increase their majority in the upper chamber. Election analysts have ranked the race a toss-up.