Last week, the Trump-endorsed PA GOP Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz took a lot of heat for declaring himself the winner of the run-off election between himself and Dave McCormick, the two top vote getters in the primary election to fill the seat of retiring Republican Senator Pat Toomey.
In a tweet, he shared a video of himself saying “It’s time to unite,” and asked constituents for ideas about how to make the future of our country “as bright as it has ever been.”
It's time to unite. I want to hear your ideas and make this country’s future as bright as it has ever been. With more freedom, less big government, and by empowering our people, America’s light will shine brighter than ever. pic.twitter.com/yWK5VhCk8P
— Dr. Mehmet Oz (@DrOz) May 27, 2022
Oz’s tweet came on the same that counties in PA began their recount between The announcement came on the same day that Pennsylvania counties could begin their recount.
According to unofficial returns from the Pennsylvania Department of State, Oz leads McCormick by 902 votes, which is well within the .5% threshold for an automatic recount of the results. Acting Pennsylvania Secretary of State Leigh Chapman announced on Wednesday that the election was headed to a recount. Counties could begin recounting the vote as early as Friday but must start no later than June 1. And counties must conclude their tabulations by noon on June 7 and submit their recount results by noon the next day.
Oz’s GOP opponent David McCormick has now conceded, saying he doesn’t see a way to win the race.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports – Republican David McCormick ended his primary campaign against GOP rival Mehmet Oz Friday night, conceding a closely contested race as a recount showed no signs of shifting the outcome in McCormick’s favor.
McCormick, speaking to supporters in Pittsburgh, said he called Oz to congratulate him and would support his onetime rival in the general election against the Democratic nominee, Lt. Gov John Fetterman.
”It’s now clear to me, with the recount largely complete, that we have a nominee,” McCormick said.