Donald Trump suggested that Dr. Mehmet Oz should “declare victory” in Pennsylvania.
He also hinted that the other GOP candidates were cheating to win.
Trump’s suggestion comes amid a series of high-profile endorsement failures in recent primaries.
Former President Donald Trump ranted in a series of Truth Social posts Wednesday night, pushing Pennsylvania Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz to call himself the winner of the state’s Republican primary.
“Dr. Oz should declare victory,” Trump wrote in one of his posts.
He then went on to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the vote count in Pennsylvania, baselessly alluding to cheating by Republican candidates running against Oz, the man he supported.
“It’s much harder for them to cheat on ballots that they ‘just found,'” Trump said, repeating the former president’s baseless claim that widespread voter fraud had robbed him of a second presidential term.
Oz is currently neck and neck with hedge fund manager David McCormick in the race, and the ballots are still being counted.
Trump’s call for Oz to declare victory is reminiscent of his actions in November 2020, when he tried to claim he had won the election even as votes were still being tabulated in multiple states.
On Wednesday night, Trump insisted that “Oz won.” In other posts, Trump also slammed the “fake news outlets” and Fox News, criticizing the latter for being “a far cry from the count and timing of the Oz vote.”
According to Decision Desk HQ, Oz has a 0.2 percentage point lead, or 2,567 votes, over McCormick, with an estimated 94% expected vote count. This narrow margin means that the race will go into an automatic count if it continues.
Just two weeks ago, the former president touted the value of his “unrivaled” and “unimpeachable” endorsement record, saying Republican candidates who want to win should fear him.
However, that claim was undermined this week after controversial Rep. Madison Cawthorn was ousted from office by her main challenger, Chuck Edwards.
Meanwhile, another Trump-backed political candidate, Charles Herbster, lost his Nebraska gubernatorial race last week amid allegations of sexual assault by eight women. In Idaho, Trump-backed Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin was defeated in her bid to unseat Gov. Brad Little.
Trump has made 183 endorsements since leaving office, according to Ballotpedia, many of which have yet to be fulfilled. While most of Trump’s endorsed political candidates have been victorious, many had run in unopposed races.
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