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Pa. GOP U.S. Senate race likely to trigger a recount

By: - May 18, 2022 6:02 pm

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With less than a percentage point separating Trump-endorsed celebrity heart surgeon Mehmet Oz and former hedge fund CEO David McCormick as they vie for the Republican Party’s nomination for U.S. Senate, the race is likely to see a recount.

As of 5 p.m. on Wednesday, unofficial and incomplete results show the candidates within the 0.5 percent margin needed to trigger an automatic recount in Pennsylvania.

Oz, who received an endorsement from former President Donald Trump, had earned 414,836 votes, and McCormick, who received an anti-endorsement from the former president but still ran as an “America First” candidate, garnered 413,368 votes as of 5 p.m. on Wednesday — a difference of 0.11 percent or 1,468 votes.

The contest is too close to call. And some counties are still tabulating mail-in ballots.

The winner of the GOP race, which includes seven candidates, will face Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, who swiftly secured his party’s nomination on Election Night.

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Marley Parish
Marley Parish

A Pennsylvania native, Marley Parish covers the Senate for the Capital-Star. She previously reported on government, education and community issues for the Centre Daily Times and has a background in writing, editing and design. A graduate of Allegheny College, Marley served as editor of the campus newspaper, where she also covered everything from student government to college sports.

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