Dr. Oz tied for lead in Pennsylvania GOP primary: Emerson poll
Television personality Dr. Oz is in a neck-and-neck race for first in the Pennsylvania GOP Senate primary race, according to a new Emerson poll
With 14% support of those polled, Oz ties businessman David McCormick for the lead, with no other candidates garnering over 10% support. Notably, 51% of voters remain undecided, suggesting the primary race remains anyone's game.
Oz is running to replace retiring GOP Sen. Pat Toomey who served a single term in office after winning his seat in the 2016 election cycle.
Former President Donald Trump has yet to endorse a candidate in the race, though NBC has reported that former first lady Melania Trump favors the television personality in the race. And close Trump ally Sean Hannity has openly endorsed him.
The Emerson poll suggested that Trump's endorsement of a candidate would have a significant impact on the race, with 61% of voters indicating Trump's backing would push them toward a candidate.
President Joe Biden on Wednesday removed Oz from the President's Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition to which Trump had appointed him.
Oz is running on a largely conservative platform with particularly emphasis on the nation's COVID-19 response and developing energy independence.
A veteran of the Turkish Armed Forces, Oz holds dual citizenship with that country but has announced he would drop said status should he win election to the Senate, per NBC.