Trump: Pennsylvania GOP Senate Primary Vote Count ‘Ridiculous’

Trump: Pennsylvania GOP Senate Primary Vote Count 'Ridiculous' Donald Trump Former President Donald Trump (Getty Images)

By Charlie McCarthy | Thursday, 19 May 2022 10:43 AM

Former President Donald Trump took to his social media platform Thursday morning to lambaste the delay in declaring Mehmet Oz the winner in Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate primary race.

Amid a painstakingly slow counting of mail-in ballots, Oz led David McCormick by 1,241 votes (0.1%), according to the latest tally by Decision Desk HQ.

"The Pennsylvania Oz race is ridiculous. How long does it take to count votes. France, same day all paper, had VERIFIED numbers in evening. U.S. is a laughing stock on Elections. Stop FINDING VOTES in PENNSYLVANIA! RIGGED?" Trump posted on Truth Social.

Trump on Wednesday urged Oz, whom the former president endorsed, to declare victory.

"Dr. Oz should declare victory," Trump wrote on Truth Social. "It makes it much harder for them to cheat with the ballots that they 'just happened to find.'"

Earlier Wednesday, Trump attacked mail-in voting amid problems with the process in Pennsylvania.

Lancaster County officials on primary day Tuesday said an estimated two-thirds of 21,000 mail-in ballots received could not be scanned due to a printing error, LancasterOnline reported.

"Here we go again! In Pennsylvania they are unable to count the Mail-In Ballots. It is a BIG MESS. Our Country should go to paper ballots, with same day voting. Just done in France, zero problems. Get Smart America!!!" Trump posted on Truth Social.

The Lancaster County printing issue with the mail-in ballots was discovered early Tuesday morning when officials began the pre-canvass process of opening and scanning ballots.

"Citizens deserve to have accurate results from elections, and they deserve to have them on election night, not days later," said Josh Parsons, vice chair of the county board of commissioners. "But because of this, we're not going to have final election results from these mail ballots for probably several days, so that is very, very frustrating to us."

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