Pennsylvania GOP Senate contest too close to call

LANCASTER, Pa. — Pennsylvania’s tumultuous GOP Senate contest ended Tuesday without a clear winner as vote counting showed Dave McCormick and Mehmet Oz in territory too close to be called.

No outlet called the run and no campaign conceded. The vote may head to a mandatory recount if the final margin of victory is less than 0.5%

McCormick, a former hedge fund executive, led Oz, the Donald Trump-backed TV doctor, by a fraction of a percent heading into Wednesday.

Kathy Barnette, a far-right conservative commentator who followed Oz and McCormick throughout the night, also didn’t back down on her election night. But late in the evening, she seemed to signal that it was over, waving to her supporters who were dancing with two giant screens projecting Fox News in the background. Barnette, who had an upset in the polls, is expected to finish in third place.

“Don’t be discouraged because we have a country to save. The left has shown they are not playing with us,” Barnette said, inside a catering barn in a bucolic events center. “In order to steal the election from me, they lied and they did a lot.”

McCormick and Oz have spent tens of millions of dollars attacking each other in television ads, making this contest for the Republican nomination the most expensive in the nation.

Tuesday’s lack of an immediate result doesn’t bode well for Trump, whose endorsement is not a definitive rubber stamp for the Republican nomination. Both Oz and McCormick have faced questions about their Pennsylvania residency, their entanglements with China and their conservative credentials.


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