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Former Television Celebrity Dr. Mehmet Oz Backed by Trump Released Video Calling himself the “presumed” Republican nominee for Pennsylvania’s open Senate seat on Friday — an eyebrow-raising claim given the state is only starting a recount for one of the most hotly contested midterm primary contests.

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Oz posted a 1-minute, 16-second video on YouTube expressing “deep thanks to the great people of Pennsylvania” and urging unity.

An automated recounting process began in Pennsylvania on Friday, which will continue until the final results are released on June 8.

according According to unofficial results from the Pennsylvania Department of State, Oz held a lead of less than 1,000 votes over former hedge fund CEO David McCormick, leading by a margin of less than 0.1% of the total of more than 1.3 million votes.

Trump slammed the slow pace of vote counting, and called on Oz to declare victory no later than the May 17 primary day.