“By law, Pennsylvania’s Secretary of State must order a recount by 5 p.m. May 26 if the margin stays with .05%.”
Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dave McCormick are deadlocked in the Pennsylvania GOP Senate primary race. From Fox News:
Some counties in the crucial general election battleground have yet to tabulate mail-in ballots, and the counting of absentee, provisional, and overseas and military ballots could take days.
Lancaster County was among those counting votes on Wednesday. Election officials told Fox News that by lunchtime, 4,700 ballots had been counted, with plans to get through 16,000.
Oz held a razor-thin advantage over McCormick on Wednesday morning as the vote count continued. But the margin is currently well within the 0.5% that triggers an automatic recount mandated by the state’s top election official. By law, Pennsylvania’s Secretary of State must order a recount by 5 p.m. May 26 if the margin stays with .05%.
Secretary of State Leigh Chapman said she should know by next Tuesday if she needs to order a recount:
“Unofficial returns come to me on Tuesday, so I’ll have a very good sense,” she told anchor Kate Bolduan.
If there will be a recount, Chapman would issue an advisory Wednesday, May 25,, then officially order the recount Thursday.
Pennsylvania’s recount laws call for an automatic recount if the margin separating candidates is less than half of one percent.
Since its implementation in 2004, it’s been used six times, Chapman said.
”We’ve never had a change in the outcome of the election,” she said of those six recounts.
She also noted a candidate can waive the option of a recount, though that seemed unlikely in the race where both Mehmet Oz and David McCormick have said they believe they will win.
The winner will face Lt. Gov. John Fetterman in November to replace retiring GOP Sen. Pat Toomey.DONATE
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