The results of the recount, which was automatically triggered when the tally from the May 17 contest showed a difference of less than half a percentage point, come after McCormick already conceded the race. Oz received 419,999 votes to McCormick’s 419,048.
“I commend all county election workers and volunteers for their hard work and dedication over the last few weeks,” acting Secretary of State Leigh Chapman said in a statement Wednesday. “They started by handling millions of ballots from the May 17 primary, then ensured a smooth recount of those ballots while millions of people eagerly awaited the results.”
McCormick conceded the election to Oz last Friday and pledged his support in helping Oz defeat the Democratic nominee, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, in the November general election.
Oz, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, accepted the concession and thanked McCormick for his support moving forward.
“I received a gracious phone call from David McCormick and am tremendously grateful for his pledge of support in the fall election. We share the goal of a brighter future for Pennsylvania & America,” Oz tweeted Friday. “Now that our primary is over, we will make sure that this U.S. Senate seat does not fall into the hands of the radical left, led by John Fetterman. I look forward to campaigning in every corner of the Commonwealth for the next five months to earn the support of every Pennsylvanian.”
Political commentator and Army veteran Kathy Barnette, who began picking up steam toward the end of her campaign, finished third with 331,864 votes, or 24.6% support.
The statement from Chapman’s office said the result totals “do not include undated or wrongly dated ballots, which counties reported separately to the department” and noted the department estimates that the recount cost will exceed $1 million.