Harrisburg, Pa. ( Associated Press) – The GOP was ahead of Donald Trump’s race in the Pennsylvania Senate primary with a more traditional challenger behind him as his gubernatorial candidate won an undisputed victory Tuesday, while the former president sought to expand his control over the formation. working for.
Doug Mastriano’s chances in the governor’s race were already rising when Trump officially endorsed the far-right state senator over the weekend. But the matchup between Mehmet Oz, a well-known Trump-backed cardiologist, and David McCormick, a former hedge fund manager, was too close on Wednesday morning to declare a winner.
Pennsylvania law requires a recount when the difference between the top two candidates is 0.5 percentage points or less. With only a few hundred different votes cast between Oz and McCormick, it could take days for the results to become clear.
With elections open in North Carolina, Kentucky, Oregon and Idaho, Tuesday was the busiest night of the primary season. Both parties select their candidates for the November general elections, in which they will fight for control of Congress, several governorships, and other key positions.
In the eternal battleground state of Pennsylvania, Mastriano’s victory was significant because of its importance in relation to the direction of the game. With the future of the board’s authority being questioned by the nation’s highest court, Mastriano has said he supports the prohibition of the procedure from conception and without exception.
In addition, he has promoted Trump’s lies about non-existent widespread voter fraud, which cost him re-election in 2020, and he was outside the Capitol when a mob attacked him in the 2021 insurrection . The attack followed his efforts to name an alternative list of pro-Trump Electoral College voters.
If he wins in the fall, Mastariano could influence the way elections are conducted in Pennsylvania, where the governor appoints the secretary of state, who oversees the elections. The politician has vowed to introduce a new measure that would require voters to register twice to exercise their right, something that will almost certainly face legal hurdles.
Trump scored an easy victory earlier in the evening, when Rep. Ted Budd clinched the Republican Senate nomination from North Carolina.
In one of the most closely watched races of the night, progressive John Fetterman easily won the Democratic primary for Senate in Pennsylvania after suffering a stroke that sent him to the hospital. The lieutenant governor easily prevailed over Rep. Conor Lamb, a moderate in the style of President Joe Biden. His next opponent would be an exit race between Oz and McCormick.
But Trump also suffered setbacks: Madison Cawthorne, a North Carolina Republican marred by a series of high-profile blunders, lost to state Sen. Chuck Edwards. And Lieutenant Governor Janice McGitchin of Idaho also failed to win the Republican gubernatorial nomination held by Brad Little.