Harrisburg, Pa. ( Associated Press) – Dr. Mehmet Oz turned from heart surgeon to TV celebrity and former hedge fund CEO David McCormick Wednesday essentially tied the Republican nomination for an open US Senate seat in Pennsylvania, which is expected to be one of the nation’s most competitive races in the fall.
The contest was overnight within two thousand votes, of which over 12 lakh votes were cast. Trailing third in the seven-person GOP primary field was conservative activist Kathy Barnett.
The Associated Press has not called off the race. Some counties had not yet tabulated all their mail-in ballots and counting of provisional, foreign and military absentee ballots could go on all week.
There is no runoff law in Pennsylvania. But the race was close enough to trigger Pennsylvania’s automatic recounting law, with a separation between Oz and McCormick by a 0.5% margin, prompting an order by the state’s top election official.
Oz and McCormick emerge at their election night watch parties Each said they were confident of victory, saying after midnight that they would have to wait for counting to resume on Wednesday to determine a winner. There are no plans for either candidate to make a public appearance, although former President Donald Trump has encouraged Oz to declare victory. Oz has made no suggestion that he will do so.
The state’s lieutenant governor, John Fetterman, won the Democratic nomination on Friday after surgery to implant a pacemaker with a defibrillator to help him recover from a stroke.,
Democrats look to race to replace two-time retired Republican Sen. Perhaps his best opportunity to take a seat in the nearly 100-seat Senate.
Republican turnout exceeded 37%, the highest midterm primary turnout in at least two decades, judging by more than $70 million in spending on the GOP primary alone.
Oz is helped by Trump’s endorsementWhile a Super Pac backing McCormick weighed heavily in the race, spending nearly $20 million, much of it going to attack Oz.
Both men also spent millions of their own on the campaign, and were battling allegations of being carpetbaggers. – Oz moved from a mansion in New Jersey to see Manhattan, and McCormick moved from Connecticut’s gorgeous Gold Coast.
Oz, best known as the host of Daytime TV’s “The Dr. Oz Show”, has battled misunderstandings among conservative groups about his positions on guns, abortion, and other major conservative issues. Oz countered that Trump’s support guaranteed that he was a conservative.
Oz was also repeatedly attacked for his dual citizenship in Turkey, and accused McCormick of “massive attacks”. If elected, Oz would be the country’s first Muslim senator, although he has not campaigned on that milestone. The US-born Oz said he would give up his dual citizenship in Turkey if elected.
McCormick is a decorated US Army combat veteran whose President George W. Bush’s administration has strong ties to the party establishment going back to his service.
However, McCormick spent much of the campaign brushing off rivals’ allegations that he would be soft on China after leaving Bridgewater Associates, a hedge fund that, with the blessing of the government there, does much of its business inside China.
Trump has repeatedly attacked McCormick in the final two weeks of the race, calling him a libertarian, a sell-out to China and part of a corrosive Washington establishment that is not “America First”, his governing philosophy of Trump. label for.
Still, McCormick insisted he was the most “America First” candidate in the race and aired a TV ad showing a video clip of Trump at a 2020 private ceremony congratulating McCormick, saying, “You made our country So many different ways.”
Oz and McCormick refrained from repeating Trump’s baseless claims That the Democrats stole the 2020 presidential election from him on the battlefield. But they missed repeating Republican complaints about the way state judges and election officials administer the election.
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