WASHINGTON – The state of Pennsylvania officially authorized a recount in the too-close-to-call Senate primary between Republicans Mehmet Oz and David McComick – a contest that could still days to resolve.
Oz’s lead shrunk to fewer than 1,000 votes on Monday as Allegheny and other Pennsylvania counties tallied provisional ballots.
Pennsylvania Acting Secretary of State Leigh Chapman officially announced the recount on Wednesday.
The election and the recount are boiling down to the kind of balloting that drew protests from Trump and his allies: mail-in votes.
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Trump used the length of time it has taken to count mail-in votes to cast suspicion on the entire process. He has urged Oz to just declare victory. "It makes it much harder for them to cheat with the ballots that they 'just happened to find.'"
In another post, reminiscent of his 2020 protests, Trump derided mail-in ballots by saying: “Here we go again! In Pennsylvania they are unable to count the Mail-in Ballots. It is a BIG MESS. Our Country should go to paper ballots, with same day voting.”
Chapman’s recount order is mandatory — unless the losing candidate requests that it not be carried out. McCormick’s campaign has said it has no plans to decline a recount.
Neither Oz nor McCormick has declared victory, but both have expressed confidence they will ultimately prevail.
Contributing: Associated Press
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Pennsylvania to recount GOP Senate primary with Oz and McCormick