The Republican primary race between U.S. Senate candidates David McCormick and Dr. Mehmet Oz was decided by less than 1,000 votes. Now it’s all over for one of the candidates.
McCormick conceded the race to Oz Friday before the latest recount had been finished, the Washington Examiner reported. Oz will face off against Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, who has significant health problems.
“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,” McCormick said in his concession Friday.
“We came so close, by the slimmest of margins, on election night,” he added. “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,” he added referring to the legal battle over counting certain votes.
“But it’s not clear to me. With the recount largely complete, I bet we have a nominee,” McCormick continued. “And today, I called Mehmet Oz to congratulate him on his victory,” he said before pledging support to the celebrity doctor.
Former President Donald Trump had endorsed Oz making this another victory for a candidate he has backed. Though many Republicans are concerned about Oz’s lack of conservative bona fides, it may not matter.
During the primary campaign, Oz’s opponent revealed that he was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a condition that weakens the heart over time. Then, just days before becoming the Democratic candidate for Senate, Fetterman suffered a minor stroke.
The Republicans are poised to retake the House of Representatives, and they have a good shot at the Senate as well. Though Oz may not be conservatives’ first choice, he could be their best shot at victory.