The Pennsylvania Republican Senate primary is finally over and we have a victor.
David McCormick has just conceded the race, which means Dr. Oz will go on to fight John Fetterman in November.
BREAKING: Former hedge fund CEO David McCormick conceded the Republican primary in Pennsylvania for U.S. Senate to celebrity heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz. He acknowledged an ongoing statewide recount wouldn't give him enough votes to make up the deficit. https://t.co/4GXSKS7XaM
— The Associated Press (@AP) June 3, 2022
Former hedge fund CEO David McCormick conceded the Republican primary in Pennsylvania for U.S. Senate to celebrity heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz, ending his campaign Friday night as he acknowledged an ongoing statewide recount wouldn’t give him enough votes to make up the deficit.
McCormick said he had called Oz to concede.
“It’s now clear to me with the recount now largely complete that we have a nominee,” McCormick said at a campaign party at a Pittsburgh hotel.
He added, “Tonight is really about us all coming together.”
Before the recount, Oz led McCormick by 972 votes out of 1.34 million votes counted in the May 17 primary. The Associated Press has not declared a winner in the race because an automatic recount is underway and the margin between the two candidates is just 0.07 percentage points.
Friday’s development sets up a general election between Oz, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, and Democrat John Fetterman in what is expected to be one of the nation’s premier Senate contests.
While I’m very happy McConnell’s boy isn’t going to win, I do think it’s a pretty stand up move to go ahead and concede the race if he knows he’s not going to pull it out.
As for Dr. Oz, I hope he is who he claims to be now and I absolutely hope he defeats Fetterman in the fall.
Doing some quick math, 1.28 million votes were cast in the Democratic primary versus 1.34 million votes cast in the Republican primary. I know that doesn’t mean all that much for the general elections, but I hope it signifies how easily Oz will win. But it is Pennsylvania after all…