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McCormick takes lead, Barnette Plateaux in PA Senate primary

David McCormick has taken a narrow lead in the contentious Republican Senate primary race in Pennsylvania, according to an internal tracking survey shared just three days from Election Day.

The survey, conducted by pro-McCormick super PAC Honor Pennsylvania, showed McCormick a point about Kathy Barnette and Dr. Mehmet Oz, according to a screenshot of the survey shared by GOP consultant Mark Harris.

The survey showed McCormick at 25% and Barnette and Oz tied at 24% each. Harris noted that Oz did not appear favorably among undecided voters, unlike McCormick and Barnette.

The inquest comes after Barnette saw a last-minute and unexpected spike in support following the latest Senate primary debate, in which she revealed in a compelling story that she was the product of rape and that her mother had her when she was 12 years old.

The primary has since become a close three-way battle between McCormick, Oz and Barnette. Former President Donald Trump has endorsed Oz and warned against voting for Barnette, saying Barnette would not be able to compete in the general election against likely nominee Lt. Gov. John Fetterman.

The follow-up survey, of 1,000 respondents, showed that over the past two days McCormick experienced a small surge while Barnette hit a high. Support for Oz, on the other hand, has plummeted over the past week.

Prior to this survey, the most recent poll, conducted by InsiderAdvantage/Fox 29 from May 7-9, showed Oz leading at 22.5%, followed by Barnette at 20.9% and McCormick at 18.5%.

All three were within a tight four-point margin, and 25.9% of respondents said they were still undecided on a candidate.

The primary takes place on Tuesday, May 17.

Write to Ashley Oliver at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @asholiver.


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