Donald Trump has endorsed Pennsylvania Senate candidate Mehmet Oz.
“The Great Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has a tremendous opportunity to Save America by electing the brilliant and well-known Dr. Mehmet Oz for the United States Senate,” Trump wrote in a statement.
McCormick, a former hedge fund manager, was found to have 18 percent voter support among likely Republican primary voters while Oz was at 17 percent, a difference that was within the margin of error for the poll.
However, when the poll took into account who undecided voters said they were leaning toward, McCormick’s lead over Oz increased to 27-21.
“They know him, believe in him, and trust him. Likewise, he will do very well in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, where other candidates will just not be accepted,” he added.
Oz joined the Senate race late after Sean Parnell dropped out in 2021 following a lost custody battle for his children. Parnell earned Trump’s endorsement last year before he left the race.
The candidates are battling for the seat after Sen. Pat Toomey (R) said he would not run for reelection.
In his Saturday endorsement, Trump highlighted Oz’s education and professional accomplishments.
“He has authored more than 350 original publications, written 8 New York Times bestsellers, and received patents for developing medical devices that have improved countless lives and performed thousands of life-saving heart operations,” Trump wrote.
McCormick has gone after Oz for his dual citizenship with Turkey, which Oz said he has kept to care for his sick mother. However, Oz has said he would renounce his Turkish citizenship if he were elected.
“He knows his job is to serve every single Pennsylvanian. Dr. Oz is smart, tough, and will never let you down, therefore, he has my Complete and Total Endorsement. Good luck, Dr. Oz. our Country needs you!” Trump concluded in his endorsement.
This report was published on The Hill.