Dr. Oz says he would have certified Biden victory in 2020

His comments present a stark break with his primary benefactor, Trump.

Updated: September 6, 2022 - 3:48pm

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Republican Pennsylvania Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz said on Tuesday that he would have certified President Joe Biden's electoral victory in 2020 had he been in office at the time.

“I would not have objected to it,” Oz said, according to The Hill. “By the time the delegates and those reports were sent to the U.S. Senate, our job was to approve it, which is what I would have done.”

Oz defeated Republican rival David McCormick by a razor-thin margin in the state's primary contest. With the backing of former President Donald Trump, he also overcame a last minute surge from third-place candidate Kathy Barnette.

His comments present a stark break with his primary benefactor, Trump, who has asserted that electoral fraud influenced the outcome of the presidential election, especially in Pennsylvania. Only a handful of senators opted against certifying the presidential election results, and retiring Pennsylvania GOP Sen. Pat Toomey, whom Oz hopes to succeed, was not among them.

Current polling shows Oz trailing his Democratic opponent, Lt. Gov. John Fettterman by an average 6.5 percentage points, according to the RealClearPolitics polling average.

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