Oz announced the winner of Pennsylvania Republican Senate primary

Dr. Mehmet Oz has secured Pennsylvania’s Republican U.S. Senate primary nomination, defeating former hedge fund CEO David McCormick after a statewide recount reached the nation’s highest court.

According to a report by The Hill, the celebrity heart surgeon who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump won by 951 votes out of more than 1.3 million cast in the May 17 primary election.

Oz will now face off against Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, who is taking a break from the campaign trail while he recovers from a stroke and a serious heart condition and the campaign could determine which party controls the Senate, and Democrats see it as their best chance to replace retiring two-term Republican Sen. Pat Toomey.

“With the statewide recount officially concluded, it’s time to focus on how high the stakes are in November,” Oz said in a statement.

In Pennsylvania, a presidential battleground state still roiled by Trump’s allegations that the 2020 election was stolen from him, the national parties and Fetterman have begun testing general election campaign techniques and broadcasting TV advertising.

About five weeks before the primary, Trump endorsed Oz, stating his move was “all about winning elections.” Oz, who is best known as the host of daytime television’s “The Dr. Oz Show,” has a long personal history with the former president.

Melania Trump, Trump’s wife, said she was a great admirer of the show. Despite Trump’s help, Oz just came close to winning. Trump hosted a rally for Oz in the last days of the campaign and aggressively attacked Oz’s closest challengers, including McCormick and conservative activist Kathy Barnette, who finished second and third, respectively.

If elected, Oz, who has dual citizenship in Turkey, would be the country’s first Muslim senator. During the recount, he has been largely quiet and off the campaign road.

In the meantime, national Republicans are attempting to link Fetterman to his party’s most liberal members as well as the Biden administration. Oz said Pennsylvanians “want someone who will stand up to the liberal Biden-Fetterman agenda leading to higher gas prices, record inflation, and unprecedented levels of violent crime.”