Former hedge fund CEO Dave McCormick has conceded to Dr. Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania’s Republican Senate Primary.
McCormick conceded to the Trump-endorsed television personality during a press conference on Friday — seventeen days after voters went to the polls.
Oz was leading by approximately 900 votes when the recount began.
— Dave McCormick (@DaveMcCormickPA) June 3, 2022
“With so much at stake, and that margin so razor-thin, 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 being fulfilled,” McCormick said during a press conference livestreamed to his social media accounts.
McCormick went on to concede and announce his full support for Oz.
“But it’s now clear to me, with the recount largely complete, that we have a nominee. And today, I called Mehmet Oz to congratulate him on his victory. And I told him what I always said to you, that I will do my part to try to unite Republicans and Pennsylvanians behind his candidacy, behind his nomination, for the Senate.”
“He has my full support,” McCormick said.
McCormick had 418,561 votes in the race before the recount began, Oz had 419,514 votes.
Prior to McCormick’s concession, Oz had declared himself the “presumptive nominee” on May 27.
“I want to take a moment to express my deep thanks for the great people of Pennsylvania who have joined me so far on this journey and supported my campaign,” Oz said in a video released on Twitter. “I am blessed to have earned the presumptive Republican nomination for the United States Senate.”
It’s time to unite. I want to hear your ideas and make this country’s future as bright as it has ever been. With more freedom, less big government, and by empowering our people, America’s light will shine brighter than ever. pic.twitter.com/yWK5VhCk8P
— Dr. Mehmet Oz (@DrOz) May 27, 2022
“I know we’ve got to heal. We’ve got to pull people together again,” he continued. “I will work with anybody who’s got good ideas.”
Pennsylvania’s 67 counties had until 12 P.M. on June 7 to complete their recounts.
Oz will now compete against Democratic Senate nominee John Fetterman for the seat being left by Republican Sen. Pat Toomey.