Trump-backed Oz’s lead shrinks as McCormick sues over absentee voting

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The lead of GOP Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz to main opponent Dave McCormick was reduced to fewer than 1,000 votes on Monday when McCormick filed a lawsuit to force the counting of certain disputed mail-in ballots. Above, Oz is seen alongside ex-President Donald Trump, who endorsed his candidacy during a rally in Greensburg, Pennsylvania on May 6, 2022.
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The modest lead of Dr. Mehmet Oz versus his main nemesis Dave McCormick in the Pennsylvania GOP Senate is shrinking as McCormick has filed a lawsuit to force the counting of some disputed mail-in ballots.

McCormick received a small number of votes, with Oz having a reduced lead of 992 votes as of Monday night. McCormick filed a lawsuit that same night, demanding that mail-in ballots without handwritten dates on outside envelopes be counted. The developments come after former President Donald Trump, who supports Oz and previously claimed without evidence that mail-in ballots are being operated with massive fraud, suggested the election could be “rigged” and encouraged Oz to prematurely “claim the win.” to explain”.

“Every Republican primary vote should be counted, including votes from Pennsylvania’s active-duty military personnel who are risking their lives to defend our constitutional right to vote,” McCormick campaign spokeswoman Jess Szymanski said in a statement obtained by news week. “When every Republican vote is counted, Dave looks forward to uniting the party and defeating Socialist John Fetterman in the fall.”

The McCormick campaign cited two recent court cases which found that ballots in Pennsylvania should not be disqualified solely based on the lack of dates on the outside of the envelopes.

The complaint received by news weekargues that the ballots in question “were undeniably returned in a timely manner” and that the refusal of several county electoral commissions to count them “probably disenfranchised thousands of voters.”

Chuck Cooper, McCormick’s chief legal counsel, said in a statement that “a voter’s handwritten date is meaningless as all ballots are timestamped by the county boards of elections upon receipt,” adding that “all timely Ballots from qualified Republican voters should be counted.”

In a statement to The Washington ExaminerOz campaign manager Casey Contres argued that it “became obvious that [McCormick] will Dr. Mehmet Oz likely to come up short.” Contres charged that “McCormick’s legal team is following the Democrats’ playbook, a tactic that could have long-term damaging consequences for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania elections.”

Trump, who continues to falsely claim the 2020 presidential election was “stolen” from him in Pennsylvania and several other states he lost, refused to consider the possibility of Oz losing to McCormick shortly after last week’s election could.

In a post on his Truth Social platform, Trump argued that Oz declaring victory before all the votes were tallied, as he did in 2020, would “make it a lot harder for them to cheat with the ballots they hold.” ‘found by accident'”. “

The former president also said in a separate post that the entire US should adopt only “same-day voting paper ballots,” although he had repeatedly used absentee ballots when voting himself.

news week has reached out to the Oz campaign for comment. Trump-backed Oz’s lead shrinks as McCormick sues over absentee voting

Rick Schindler

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