It’s finally over.
It will be the doctor – Mehmet Oz – versus the patient – John Fetterman – for the open Pennsylvania U.S. Senate seat.
With Dave McCormick‘s concession to Oz on the Republican side, the fall matchup is set. But the recount continues on.
Acting Secretary of State Leigh Chapman announced Sunday via Twitter that “Counties will continue their efforts.”
While Pennsylvania law requires an automatic recount in statewide races decided by a half-percentage point or less, there is no stipulation calling for a suspension in the recount should a candidate concede during the process.
“There is no provision in the election code that authorizes the Sec. to stop an automatic recount once it is ordered,” tweeted Chapman.
Despite a candidate conceding the PA Republican U.S. Senate race, the automatic recount of the race will continue as ordered. There is no provision in the election code that authorizes the Sec. to stop an automatic recount once it is ordered. Counties will continue their efforts.
— Acting Secretary Leigh M. Chapman (@PAStateSec) June 5, 2022
The Department of State estimates that the recount cost will exceed $1 million of taxpayer funds. The recount had to begin no later than last Wednesday, June 1, and must be completed by noon tomorrow, June 7. Final results are due to the DOS by noon on Wednesday.