Federal court decision rules on PA Senate GOP primary election

A federal court has ruled in a case that could impact the outcome of Pennsylvania’s Senate primary between Dr. Mehmet Oz and David McCormick.

The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that officials should count hundreds of mail in ballots that were received on time but did not include a date on the envelope.

The controversy

“A spokesperson for the Department of State told POLITICO that it was not immediately clear how many ballots that were otherwise received in a timely fashion by county election officials were rejected because of a missing date,” Politico reported.

“Ellen Lyon, a spokesperson for the agency, said that it would be ‘surveying counties to get that figure and issuing guidance to support them,’ and anticipated having that information early next week,” the report added.

Too close to call

As of the time of the report, the Tuesday primary vote count was still too close to call, with just over 1,000 votes separating the two candidates.

Even after the ruling that will allow the count of the undated mail-in ballots, there is still a likely recount that will take place. The verification of the winner could take weeks.

The situation could lead to even more controversy and chaos in one of the states where election fraud allegations were widespread during the 2020 presidential election.

The situation has been further complicated by former President Donald Trump’s endorsement of Oz.

Trump reportedly also urged Oz to declare victory despite the counts being incomplete.

The difficult chain of events has left the state still wondering who will represent Pennsylvania in the November Senate race, adding even more drama to the already tense midterms.

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