Dr. Mehmet Oz, a Cliffside Park resident, has won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania.
Oz had maintained a small lead since the May 17 primary over David McCormick, a former Undersecretary of the Treasury under President George W. Bush, in a race close enough to trigger an automatic recount.
McCormick conceded his defeat to Oz on Friday after the mostly-completed recount barely moved the election results. Oz leads McCormick by 940 votes, 31.20% to 31.13%, in a five-candidate field.
“We came so close, we came so close to the goal,” McCormick said. “It’s clear to me now that the recount is largely complete that we have a nominee.”
Oz will face Lt. Governor John Fetterman in the general election for the seat of Patrick Toomey, a Republican who is not seeking re-election.
A well-known TV doctor and cardiovascular surgeon, Oz lived in Bergen County for most of his life before moving to Pennsylvania last year to launch his U.S. Senate campaign. He remains on the voter rolls in New Jersey, although it’s unlikely that he will attempt to vote in next week’s home state Republican primary.