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Acting Secretary of State Chapman Orders Mandatory Statewide Recount in U.S. Senate Primary Race

05/26/2022

Harrisburg, PA – Acting Secretary of State Leigh M. Chapman today ordered a recount in the May 17 Republican primary race for a U.S. Senate seat.

Mehmet C. Oz and David H. McCormick, the first- and second-place finishers respectively, have vote totals within the one-half of one percent margin that triggers a mandatory recount under state law.

As of today, the unofficial returns for the U.S. Senate Republican nomination submitted by all 67 counties show the following results:

  • Mehmet C. Oz – 419,365 (31.21%)
  • David H. McCormick – 418,463 (31.14%)
  • Kathy J. Barnette – 331,398 (24.66%)
  • Carla Herd Sands – 73,213 (5.45%)
  • Jeffrey A. Bartos – 66,548 (4.95%)
  • Sean Peter Gale – 20,220 (1.50%)
  • George A. Bochetto – 14,406 (1.07%)

Counties may begin their recount as early as Friday but must begin no later than June 1. The recount must be completed by noon on June 7, and counties must submit results of the recount to the Department of State by noon on June 8. Department staff will provide procedural guidance to the counties to ensure a smooth and consistent recount.

The department estimates that the recount cost will exceed $1 million of taxpayer funds.

This is the seventh time the automatic recount provision under Act 97 of 2004 has been triggered, with three recounts carried out.

The first recount was conducted in the Superior Court race in November 2009, where nine candidates were competing for four vacancies. In that election, there was a difference of 3,330 votes between the fourth- and sixth-place candidates, and a margin of 2,006 votes between the fourth- and fifth-place finishers. The recount affirmed the initial results of the election.

The second recount was ordered in May 2011 in the Democratic primary contest for a seat on the Commonwealth Court, when the margin between the two candidates was 2,116 votes. The recount affirmed the initial results of the election.

The third recount was ordered in November 2021 in the Commonwealth Court race for two open seats when the margin between the second- and third-place candidates was 16,804 votes. The recount affirmed the initial results of the election.

A recount in the 2010 Democratic primary race for lieutenant governor was averted when the trailing candidate waived his right to a recount. In 2017, three candidates for Superior Court, all of whose vote totals fell within the recount margin, waived their right to a recount. And in 2019, the third-place finisher in the race for two open seats on the Superior Court waived her right to a recount.

Unofficial returns for the May 17 primary election can be found at electionreturns.pa.gov.

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