Razor-thin Pennsylvania GOP Senate primary could head for a recount with Oz, McCormick in the lead

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NEWTOWN, PA — The thin race between Pennsylvania Senate GOP favorites Mehmet Oz and Dave McCormick could be heading for a recount as the candidates are separated by just tenths of a percentage point in early election night results Wednesday morning.

The automatic recount threshold in Pennsylvania is 0.5%. This means that depending on where the still-outstanding ballots are, voters could wait days longer to find out who will face Democratic nominee Lt. Gov. John Fetterman in the open-seat race that is crucial for control of the US Senate.

“So we won’t have a result tonight. When all the votes are counted, I’m confident we’ll win,” Oz told supporters on his election night.

Republican Senate candidate Mehmet Oz waves to the media after casting his vote in the Pennsylvania primary, May 17, 2022, in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania

Republican Senate candidate Mehmet Oz waves to the media after casting his vote in the Pennsylvania primary, May 17, 2022, in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania
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“We’re going to win this campaign,” McCormick said. “Right now we have tens of thousands of absentee ballots that have not been counted…unfortunately we’re not going to have a resolution tonight. But we can see the way forward, we can see victory to come.”

Oz and McCormick survived a deadly exchange of attack ads and a late accusation from candidate Kathy Barnette, a conservative commentator who surged in opinion polls shortly before Election Day.

Fetterman won the Democratic Senate nomination on Tuesday despite suffering a stroke last week. He defeated moderate Rep. Conor Lamb, D-Pa., in a win for progressives in Keystone State.

While former President Donald Trump was not on the ballot Tuesday, his continued firm grip on the GOP is on the line in the Republican Senate showdown, after his endorsement and full press support from court last week and a half for Oz.

Republican Senate candidate Dave McCormick arrives to vote in the Pennsylvania primary, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on May 17, 2022

Republican Senate candidate Dave McCormick arrives to vote in the Pennsylvania primary, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on May 17, 2022
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Senator Doug Mastriano has also drawn national attention in Pennsylvania – a staunch supporter of Trump’s repeated attempts over the past year and a half to revive his 2020 election defeat, which was endorsed by the former president a while ago. barely three days. This could potentially cause major headaches for the GOP in the general election.

The Associated Press called Mastriano’s gubernatorial race Tuesday night.

“Big night for Doug Mastriano!” Trump wrote on his social network Truth Social on Tuesday evening.

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And the spotlight is also on state Rep. Summer Lee, a progressive lawmaker running in the Democratic primary for an open U.S. House seat in a very blue Pittsburgh-area congressional district.

Lee, who enjoys the support of giants on the left – including the senses. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez — could become the latest in the so-called “squad” of diverse and progressive House members if they win the primary election. His divisive primary against opponent Steve Irwin has turned into a battle between the centrist and progressive wings of the Democratic Party, and remains undecided early Wednesday.

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Meanwhile, Democratic Senate and gubernatorial candidates made headlines on primary day due to their health conditions. Fetterman’s campaign said he was undergoing what they called “standard procedure” to implant a pacemaker with a defibrillator after suffering a stroke on Friday and being hospitalized. Fetterman — who the AP predicted would win the Democratic Senate nomination on Tuesday — said Sunday he was on the path to a “full recovery” and added that his “campaign isn’t slowing down at all.”

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who The Associated Press predicted would win the Democratic gubernatorial primary on Tuesday, tested positive for COVID-19 on the morning of the primary.

“After 8 years of disastrous policies by Tom Wolf, Republican voters in Pennsylvania have chosen Doug Mastriano as their candidate for governor,” Republican Governors Association executive director Dave Rexrode said Tuesday. “The country, and Pennsylvania, are worse off under Democratic leadership and Josh Shapiro, who will continue the same policies that have led to record inflation and an increase in violent crime.”

“Instead of focusing on kitchen table issues like strengthening the economy and investing in education, Doug Mastriano is an extremist who is pursuing a dangerous agenda that would devastate Pennsylvania families,” said the executive director of the Democrat Governors Association, Noam Lee. “He led the charge to overturn the 2020 election results in Pennsylvania, led people in the murderous attack on the US Capitol, and was even subpoenaed by the bipartisan Jan. 6 committee.”

State Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Franklin, Republican candidate for governor of Pennsylvania, speaks during a nightly primary campaign rally in Chambersburg, Pa., Tuesday, May 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

State Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Franklin, Republican candidate for governor of Pennsylvania, speaks during a nightly primary campaign rally in Chambersburg, Pa., Tuesday, May 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

OZ, BARNETTE, MCCORMICK THROWED BALLOTS IN CRITICAL GOP SENATE PRIMARY

Oz, the heart surgeon, author and celebrity physician, who until launching his Senate campaign late last year was the host of the popular “Dr. Oz Show” on television, told Fox News after voting that he felt “very confident” and was “in a very good position”.

Oz was a top two poll favorite for a few months in the GOP showdown to succeed retired Republican Senator Pat Toomey, along with McCormick, a former hedge fund executive, West Point graduate, US War veteran. Gulf and Treasury Department. official in the administration of former President George W. Bush.

McCormick pointed to his “good momentum” and pointed to the high percentage of voters who said their decision was still not made before the primary. He noted that “there are a lot of undecided”.

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The Republican primary has turned into a three-way showdown in recent weeks following a wave of support in public opinion polls for veteran and conservative commentator Kathy Barnette. An upbeat Barnette told reporters she was “so excited that we can make history by the grace of God.”

Republican Senate candidate Kathy Barnette leaves a polling place in Lower Moreland Township, Pennsylvania, after casting her ballot in the state primary, May 17, 2022.

Republican Senate candidate Kathy Barnette leaves a polling place in Lower Moreland Township, Pennsylvania, after casting her ballot in the state primary, May 17, 2022.
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Other leading contenders in the big GOP primary field included Jeff Bartos, a real estate developer, philanthropist, and 2018 Republican nominee for lieutenant governor; and Carla Sands, a real estate executive and major Republican donor who served as ambassador to Denmark during the Trump administration.

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The Oz and McCormick campaigns and outside super PACs backing both contenders year-to-date have spent tens of millions of dollars running TV, digital and radio ads attacking each other over their conservative credentials and issues keys, making the primary GOP the most expensive in the country so far this cycle.

After his jump in the polls, Barnette faced scathing attacks from rivals and other Republicans concerned about his lack of verification, his past controversial comments, his double-digit loss in a congressional election of 2020 and worries about being too extreme to win a statewide general. election in a purple state like Pennsylvania.

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