Trump urges Oz to declare victory despite Pennsylvania Senate race being too close to call
Former President Trump is urging celebrity physician Mehmet Oz to declare victory in Pennsylvania’s GOP Senate primary even as the race remains too close to call.
In a post on Truth Social, the social media platform Trump founded last year, the former president said Oz should proclaim himself the winner of the contest, arguing that doing so would make it “much harder for them to cheat with the ballots that they ‘just happened to find.’”
Oz, whom Trump endorsed last month, is deadlocked with former hedge fund CEO David McCormick in the Republican Senate primary, with fewer than 3,000 votes separating the two.
If Oz and McCormick finish within 0.5 percentage points of each other, it would trigger an automatic recount under Pennsylvania’s election rules.
Trump’s insistence that Oz declare victory in the race echoes his own false claim that widespread election fraud cost him his 2020 bid for a second term in the White House. The former president declared victory on election night with multiple states yet to be called and then repeatedly insisted that fraudulent ballots contributed to President Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania and other states.
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