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McCormick, Oz in Fierce Battle for US Senate
Dr. Mehmet Oz is gaining, but trailing by just tenths of a percent against David McCormick in the hotly contest Pennsylvania Senate GOP primary Tuesday night.
McCormick had led for most of the night, but Oz has outperformed in Bucks County and now trails by just a few thousand votes with more 1.1 million votes already counted.
Decision Desk HQ has the latest election returns here.
Former Trump campaign senior adviser David Bossie told Newsmax the race is likely headed to a recount however it might wind up.
“We’re not going to have a result tonight,” Dr. Oz, endorsed by former President Donald Trump, said on Newsmax from his campaign headquarters after 11:45 p.m. ET.
“When all the votes are tallied, I am confident we will win. We are making a ferocious charge. But when it’s this close, what else would you expect? Everything about this campaign has been tight.”
Kathy Barnette, who had been surging in polling after her Newsmax debate performance, fell off in the vote, pulling in a disappointing 24 percent of the vote behind the two leaders.
Mastriano, Backed by Trump, Wins Big
Doug Mastriano, endorsed by former President Donald Trump, has won the GOP gubernatorial primary over Lou Barletta on Tuesday night, setting up a November general election with Josh Shapiro.
Pennsylvania AG Shapiro won the state’s Democrat gubernatorial primary, forwarding his bid to succeed incumbent Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.
Shapiro, 48, ran unopposed and spent most of the primary campaign season raising money for his general election campaign, according to The Associated Press. He is also a former state lawmaker and county commissioner.
Trump-backed Ted Budd Wins GOP Senate Bid
Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) is taking his case and the endorsement of former President Donald Trump to the November Senate midterm election, winning the GOP primary Tuesday night.
Decision Desk HQ projected Budd the winner at 7:47 p.m., just 17 minutes after polls closed.
Budd defeated former Gov. Pat McCrory to succeed retiring Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C.
Budd will face Democrat Cheri Beasley in North Carolina’s Senate race after both easily clinched primary victories Tuesday night.
Budd had the endorsement of Trump and his victory is a boost for the former president, who is looking to reshape a new generation of Republicans. Beasley, a former state supreme court justice, won her 11-candidate primary. If she prevails in November, Beasley would be the state’s first Black senator.
Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-N.C., currently the youngest member of Congress, lost the Republican primary in North Carolina’s new 11th district to state Rep. Chuck Edwards.
Decision Desk HQ has called the race for Edwards as of 10:01.
Cawthorn, despite having former President Donald Trump’s endorsement, conceded to Edwards Tuesday night, wire reports confirmed. He was the first Trump-endorsed candidate to lose his primary bid on Tuesday night.
Trio of Trump-backed Republicans Win
Republican Reps. Thomas Massie, Andy Barr, and Hal Rogers won their primaries in the state of Kentucky on Tuesday after all three were endorsed by former President Trump.
Massie, who Trump called a “conservative warrior” in his endorsement last week, has been in Congress since 2012 when he won both a special and regular election to succeed former Rep. Geoff Davis, ABC’s WCPO 9 reported.
The incumbent handily beat challengers Claire Wirth, George Washington, and Covington resident Alyssa Dara McDowell with 75.5% of the vote in at 7:55 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
Barr won his district by an even wider margin, receiving roughly 88.5% of the vote against his sole opponent – project manager Derek Leonard Petteys. The congressman, who first won in 2013, sits as the ranking member of a Financial Services subcommittee.
House Dean Hal Rogers most likely scored his 22nd consecutive term on Tuesday, handily beating four Republican opponents and receiving close to 86% of the vote. He was first elected in 1981. The dean of the House is the longest-serving current member.
Trump referred to Rogers as “a tireless advocate for the people of Kentucky’s 5th” Congressional District in his endorsement, according to The Hill.
“Hal is working hard to Support our Military and Vets, Grow our Economy, Defend the Second Amendment, and Stop the Trafficking of Deadly Opioids into our Communities,” Trump said.