Dr. Oz becomes Republican U.S. Senate candidate after challenger concedes primary

Former hedge fund CEO David McCormick accepted celebrity heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz to the Republican primary in Pennsylvania for the US Senate, ending his campaign on Friday night as he acknowledged that an ongoing statewide recalibration would cost him a deficit. Not enough votes to complete.

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McCormick said he called Oz to accept.

“It is clear to me now that the recalculation is largely complete now that we have a nominee,” McCormick said at a campaign party at a Pittsburgh hotel.

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“Tonight is really about all of us coming together,” he said.

Prior to the recount, Oz led McCormick by 972 votes out of the 1.34 million votes counted in the May 17 primary. The Associated Press has not declared the winner in the race because an automatic recalculation is underway and the difference between the two candidates is just 0.07 percentage points.

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