In what has turned out to be the most prominent race of the night, it appears we may not have a GOP Pennsylvania Primary Senate winner for a few days due to the likelihood of an automated recount.
For most of the night, Dave McCormick was ahead of Mehmet Oz by 2 points, but his lead quickly diminished down to a .1% margin with 99% of the votes counted.
Pennsylvania requires automatic recounts if the margin of victory for a statewide office or ballot question appearing on the ballot in every election district is less than or equal to 0.5% of all votes cast for the office or ballot measure. Political campaign experts do not anticipate either candidate falling outside the .5% margin at this point.
Dave McCormick has just addressed his supporters informing them that results won’t be in tonight and that they still have tens of thousands of mail-in ballots to count tomorrow.
If an automatic recount is triggered after the final vote is in, per Pennsylvania election laws, such a recount must be ordered by the secretary of state no later than 5:00 p.m. on the second Thursday following the election. The recount shall begin no later than the third Wednesday following the election and must be completed no later than 12:00 p.m. on the following Tuesday.