NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP, Pa. (CBS/AP) — On the Republican side of the Pennsylvania primary, things are still up in the air for the U.S. Senate race. Former hedge fund CEO Dave McCormick and Dr. Mehmet Oz are in too close a race to be called at this time.
The results are still pending with thousands of ballots to be counted across the state.
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With 95% of precinct reporting, Trump-backed TV Dr. Oz has a narrow lead over McCormick. Kathy Barnette is in third place.
Barnette has faced backlash in recent days after footage recently surfaced appearing to show her marching to the capital on January 6 with members of the extremist group, the Proud Boys.
Barnette served in the armed forces reserves and was an adjunct professor of corporate finance and a political commentator.
It wasn’t the victory party Dr. Oz was hoping for at his campaign headquarters on Tuesday night. But with a slight lead and only around 5% of the votes remaining to be counted, Dr Oz told his supporters that winning was worth the wait.
The race went back and forth all day Tuesday, and so far Dr. Oz and McCormick are only separated by a few hundred votes.
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Both candidates spoke to a group of their supporters late last night. They acknowledged that the race was still too close to announce, but they both expressed confidence that they will eventually win this race, thanks in large part to their strong support system.
Dr. Mehmet Oz: We won’t have any results tonight…”
“I am convinced that we will win.”
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“There was a huge outpouring of support,” McCormick said. “We knew it, we felt it on the pitch, we knew it was working, we knew our message to take back this country. We knew our message resonated with the voters of Pennsylvania and they showed it today, and we are extremely grateful to them. Thank you all.”
“When our town on this hill shines brightly, others see it and they make their towns glow too,” Dr Oz said. “That’s why I’m running for the Senate. This is why I will be the next senator from Pennsylvania, and this is what I promise we will bring to the United States of America. God bless you all.”
Pennsylvania state law requires a recount when the margin of victory is less than or equal to one-half percent of the total vote.
By this metric, it looks like this race is headed for a recount.
CBS3’s Ross DiMattei and Joe Holden contributed to this report.
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