Election officials in Pennsylvania announced Wednesday that the state’s razor-thin Republican Senate primary will be recounted, with the result likely to be announced in June. The Washington Examiner reports that Pennsylvania’s interim secretary of state, Leigh Chapman, stated that the results between the top two candidates, television doctor Mehmet Oz and businessman Dave McCormick, are close enough to force a recount under state law.
Oz, who was backed by former President Donald Trump, is currently leading McCormick by fewer than 1,000 votes, or roughly 0.1 percentage point, out of more than 1.3 million votes cast in the seven-person GOP primary. Unless the candidates renounce their right to a recount, Pennsylvania requires recounts when the top two candidates are separated by fewer than 0.5 percentage points. McCormick’s campaign has confirmed its plans to pursue the recount. Counties have until June 7 to finish their recounts.
In November’s general election, the victor of the primary will face Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman for the vacant Senate seat in Pennsylvania left by retiring Senator Pat Toomey. The seat is critical to Republicans’ quest to gain a Senate majority. However, the seat might be the best chance for the Democrats to extend their upper chamber majority. The contest has been rated a toss-up by election analysts.