Wednesday, 6 July, 2022

Trump-backed celebrity doctor wins Pennsylvania Senate primary

Former hedge fund executive David McCormick said he could not make up the wafer-thin deficit in the recount from last month's cliff-hanger vote.

Fewer than 1,000 ballots out of 1.34m votes cast separated the two rivals.

Mr Oz will now take on the Democratic candidate John Fetterman, who is recovering from a stroke.

Mr McCormick and Mr Oz fought each other to a standstill, the vote margin between them falling to within a 0.5% automatic recount threshold.

Mr Oz, a TV heart surgeon best known for his appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show, released a video before the recount even began, describing himself as the "presumptive Republican" nominee.

He had been urged by his political patron, former President Donald Trump, to declare victory pending the official outcome.

Mr Oz would be the nation's first Muslim senator if elected.