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David McCormick concedes Pennsylvania Senate GOP primary to Dr. Oz

David McCormick has conceded to Dr. Mehmet Oz, handing the Trump-endorsed television personality the GOP nomination in the Pennsylvania Senate race.

McCormick ended his campaign Friday night as he acknowledged an ongoing statewide recount wouldn’t give him enough votes to make up the deficit.

“You put your trust in us, your faith in us, and it’s a friendship that we’ll be blessed to have the rest of our lives. And we came so close. We came so close, by the slimmest of margins, on election night,” McCormick told supporters. “We spent the last 17 days making sure that every Republican vote was counted in a way that would result in the will of Pennsylvania voters to be fulfilled. Because that’s what it’s all about. That’s what this process is all about.”

“But it’s not clear to me. With the recount largely complete, I bet we have a nominee. And today, I called Mehmet Oz to congratulate him on his victory,” he added. “And I told him what I always said to you: that I will do my part to try to unite Republicans and Pennsylvanians behind his candidacy [and] behind his nomination for the Senate.”

Before the recount, Oz led McCormick by 972 votes out of 1.34 million votes counted in the May 17 primary. Pennsylvania conducts mandatory recounts when the top two candidates are separated by half a percentage point or less unless the candidates waive that right. McCormick’s campaign pursued the recount.

McCormick noted he would put his full support behind Oz as he heads into the general election, urging Republicans to band together to ensure victory against the Democratic Party.

“I received a gracious phone call from David McCormick and am tremendously grateful for his pledge of support in the fall election. We share the goal of a brighter future for Pennsylvania & America,” Oz tweeted Friday. “Now that our primary is over, we will make sure that this U.S. Senate seat does not fall into the hands of the radical left, led by John Fetterman. I look forward to campaigning in every corner of the Commonwealth for the next five months to earn the support of every Pennsylvanian.”

Oz has faced criticism from some Republicans for his Turkish military background and dual citizenship, and some argued that he lacked a demonstrable record as a Republican. Oz has leaned on his endorsement from Trump, who he has been friends with almost 20 years, and, as Trump told him in a 2016 appearance on Oz’s show, “you know my wife’s a big fan of your show.”

Born in the United States, Oz served in Turkey’s military and voted in its 2018 election. Oz said he would renounce his Turkish citizenship if he won the November election.

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: WITF.ORG

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