The Pennsylvania Senate Primary Recount, Explained

Election 2022 Pennsylvania Senate

An election worker continues the process in counting ballots for the Pennsylvania primary election, Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at the Mercer County Elections Board in Mercer, Pa. Vote counting continues as Republican candidates Dr. Mehmet Oz and David McCormick are locked in a too-early-to-call race for Pennsylvania's hotly contested Republican nomination for an open U.S. Senate seat. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

By Ashley Adams

May 18, 2022

An automatic recount is triggered if one candidate wins by 0.5 points or less, according to state law. Republican senate candidates Oz and McCormick are neck-and-neck with only 95% of precincts reporting.

It looks like Pennsylvania is headed for a recount. 

The battle for the GOP nomination in the US Senate race is too close to call. Dr. Mehmet Oz and rival Dave McCormick are neck-and-neck.

With 95% of precincts reporting, Oz has 412,133 (31.32%) votes to McCormick’s 409,670 (31.13%). 

Under state law, an automatic recount is triggered if one candidate wins by 0.5 points or less. The Secretary of State must order the recount no later than the third Wednesday following the election (June 1).

Voters can also request a recount. There is no specific vote margin required. To request a recount, three voters in an election district must submit a signed petition to the county board that alleges errors in the vote totals. All requests must be made within five days of the election (May 22). If the request is appealed, voters can petition the Court of Common Pleas.

Any recount must be completed by noon on June 7.

But there are still ballots that need to be counted in key counties. 

In Allegheny County, 33 precincts out of 1,323 have still not fully reported. According to the Board of Elections in Allegheny, there won’t be any more updates until after 9 a.m. Friday, May 20. That’s when the Return Board convenes.

The Return Board is made up of dozens of election employees who will examine the ballots. Under state law, counties cannot swear in a return board until three days after an election.

McCormick is leading in Allegheny County with 35,762 votes to Oz’s 29,063.

In Lancaster County, a printing error was to blame for delays in counting 22,000 mail-in ballots. Election workers will have to set aside all problem ballots, remark them and then scan them. That process was scheduled to begin this morning.

Kathy Barnette leads in Lancaster County with 21,570 votes. McCormick has 18,642 votes to Oz’s 18,385.


  • Ashley Adams

    In her 16 years in the communications industry, Ashley Adams has worn many hats, including news reporter, public relations writer, marketing specialist, copy editor and technical writer. Ashley grew up in Berks County and has since returned to her roots to raise her three children.

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