Businessman David McCormick has an edge over famed surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz in the Republican primary race for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, according to a pair of recent polls taken just before the former’s endorsement of Oz. President Donald Trump.
A poll, conducted by the Pennsylvania-based Eagle Consulting Group, found McCormick ahead of Oz by seven points, according to a note from the poll. published by the firm on Tuesday. The poll found McCormick receiving 18% support to Oz’s 11%, while a plurality of respondents, over 45%, said they were undecided.
Other candidates with single-digit support in the poll include former Trump administration US ambassador to Denmark Carla Sands at 9%, political commentator Kathy Barnette at 9% and property developer Jeff Bartos at 6. %.
The poll was conducted April 7-9 of 502 likely Republican primary voters and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.38%.
Eagle Consulting noted that it concluded its April 9 investigation hours before Trump announced his endorsement of Oz, which took place on the evening of April 9.
The approval had been a disappointment for some prominent supporters of the former president, such as the former Senate candidate Sean Parnellwhom Trump originally endorsed in the race until Parnell dropped out, and former Trump spokeswoman Catherine Pierson, as well as several others. The reactions came in part because many had observed McCormick, a former CEO of one of the world’s largest hedge funds, surrounding himself with former Trump staffers and delving into issues that defined Trump’s presidency. Trump and put the American working class first.
The second poll, conducted by Emerson College Polling and the Hill April 3-4, found McCormick one point ahead of Oz, 18%-17%, followed by Barnette, Bartos and Sands. Thirty-three percent of respondents said they were undecided in this poll.
The race, which is just over a month away on May 17, will largely hinge on the large number of undecided voters seen in both polls, a fact that could give McCormick an edge. When undecided Emerson poll respondents were asked which candidate they leaned towards, McCormick’s lead widened to about seven percent.
With undecided leanings factored into the results, McCormick received 27.2% support, Oz 20.6%, Bartos 17.1%, Barnette 14.8% and Sands 11.4%.
The Emerson poll was conducted among 1,000 highly likely voters and had a margin of error of plus or minus three percent.
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