Famed physician Mehmet Oz and former hedge fund executive Dave McCormick are neck and neck. Political commentator Kathy Barnette trailed with more than 76,000 votes.
At 11 p.m., with 99% of the estimated votes counted, McCormick led by 337,797 votes while Oz held 335,314 votes. Barnette had 261,299 total votes.
The automatic recount trigger in Pennsylvania for a statewide race is a margin of
The winner will face Democratic challenger John Fetterman who won his party’s nomination days after suffering a stroke.
“We won’t have a result tonight,” Oz said shortly before midnight, before promising Trump, “I’m going to make you proud.”
Oz had been locked in a costly battle with McCormick. But Barnette, who has drawn support from Trump supporters wary of Oz’s ideological shifts, has stunned the political world with a late push that has upended the race in recent weeks as she bids to become the first female Republican. black elected to the Senate.
Barnette, who voted in Huntingdon Valley on Tuesday morning, repeated false claims that the 2020 election was stolen.
In recent days, footage has emerged of Barnette apparently walking near members of the Proud Boys on January 6, 2021. ABC News has verified the footage which was first shared by an independent researcher.
She denied any Proud Boys connection to any other network.
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