HARRISBURG, Pa. — Dr. Mehmet Oz, the superstar coronary heart surgeon endorsed by former President Donald Trump, received Pennsylvania’s Republican U.S. Senate main on Wednesday, narrowly defeating former hedge fund CEO David McCormick after a dayslong statewide recount buffeted by litigation that reached the nation’s highest court docket.
The recount decided that Oz had eked out victory over McCormick by 951 votes out of greater than 1.3 million solid within the May 17 main election. It got here a number of days after McCormick conceded the race, acknowledging that he was not getting the enhance he wanted to shut the hole.
In November’s common election, Oz will face Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, who’s off the marketing campaign path whereas he recovers from a stroke and a severe coronary heart situation. The race may assist decide management of the carefully divided Senate, and Democrats view it as maybe their greatest alternative to choose up a seat within the race to exchange retiring two-term Republican Sen. Pat Toomey.
“With the statewide recount officially concluded, it’s time to focus on how high the stakes are in November,” Oz mentioned in an announcement.
The nationwide events and Fetterman have begun testing common election marketing campaign methods and airing TV advertisements in Pennsylvania, a presidential battleground state nonetheless roiled by Trump’s baseless claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him.
Trump endorsed Oz about 5 weeks earlier than the first, saying his determination was “all about winning elections.” The former president additionally had an extended private historical past with Oz, who’s greatest often called the host of daytime TV’s “The Dr. Oz Show.”
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Trump mentioned his spouse, Melania, was a giant fan of the present. Still, Oz barely received regardless of Trump’s enhance. In the closing days of the marketing campaign, Trump held a rally for Oz and viciously attacked Oz’s closest rivals, together with McCormick and conservative activist Kathy Barnette, who completed third.
Oz, who has twin citizenship in Turkey, could be the nation’s first Muslim senator if elected. He has remained comparatively quiet and off the marketing campaign path in the course of the recount.
Fetterman, in the meantime, is recovering from a stroke he suffered simply days earlier than his personal main, which he simply received. He mentioned final week that he “almost died” from the stroke, acknowledging that he had ignored warning indicators for years and a health care provider’s recommendation to take blood thinners.
His heart specialist additionally disclosed that Fetterman is being handled for a coronary heart situation that may be deadly. He has remained out of public view and has given no date to return to campaigning.
While Fetterman convalesces, his marketing campaign has launched two TV advertisements through which Fetterman casts himself as an everyday man who will “take on Washington” — maybe a nod to political headwinds for President Joe Biden and fellow Democrats as Americans report being skeptical concerning the financial outlook and Biden’s file.
In one advert, Fetterman rails towards outsourced jobs, closed factories, rising prices and low wages, saying “those decisions were made for us by people that don’t know us.”
National Republicans, in the meantime, try to tie Fetterman to his celebration’s most liberal members and to the Biden administration. In an announcement Wednesday night, Oz mentioned Pennsylvanians “want someone who will stand up to the liberal Biden-Fetterman agenda leading to higher gas prices, record inflation, and unprecedented levels of violent crime.”