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Trump pushes Oz to declare victory in indecisive Pennsylvania primary

Former President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that Mehmet Oz should declare victory over his opponent Dave McCormick in the Pennsylvania GOP’s too close battle for the Senate nomination – taking up his 2020 presidential election conspiracy book which has led to the murderous uprising of January 6. at the Capitol.

“Dr. Oz should declare victory. It’s much harder for them to cheat with the ballots they ‘just found,'” Trump said on Truth Social, the social media platform he helped found. .

Oz, which Trump endorsed last month, and McCormick remain locked in a tight competition in Pennsylvania, with just a handful of votes separating the two Wednesday morning in one of the highest-profile races of 2022. Thousands of votes and d Mail-out ballots have yet to be counted — and the proximity of the race signals a potential recount — making Trump’s statement on Wednesday morning premature.

Trump’s call to Oz to declare victory is an echo of his own efforts to steal a victory in Pennsylvania in the 2020 general election from President Joe Biden. Trump, leading the election night vote count in Pennsylvania and other states before the mail-in ballots were counted, preemptively declared himself the winner of the presidential election. The then-president then lost Pennsylvania and the election as more votes were counted over the following days.

But Trump never conceded that defeat, instead promulgating baseless theories that the election was stolen from him in Pennsylvania and a handful of other key swing states. This set of conspiracy theories, often referred to by opponents as a “big lie,” prompted Trump supporters to storm the Capitol on January 6, 2021, in an effort to block Congress’ certification of Trump’s victory. Biden’s constituency and remains prevalent in Republican. To party.

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