Trump pressed Dr. Oz to declare victory in his Senate race and claimed his GOP opponents are cheating 'with the ballots that they just happened to find'

Republican Senate candidate from Pennsylvania, Dr. Mehmet Oz, takes the stage with former President Donald Trump at a rally in Greensburg, Pennsylvania on May 6, 2022. Jeff Swensen/Getty Images
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Donald Trump suggested that Dr. Mehmet Oz should "declare victory" in Pennsylvania.
He also implied that the other GOP contestants were cheating to win.
Trump's proposal comes amid a string of high-profile flops in the recent primaries.
Former President Donald Trump ranted in a series of posts on Truth Social Wednesday night, urging Pennsylvania Senate nominee Dr. Mehmet Oz to call himself the winner of the state's Republican primary.
"Dr. Oz should announce victory," Trump wrote in one of his posts.
He then sowed doubts about the legitimacy of the Pennsylvania vote count by baselessly alluding to the cheating of the GOP candidates running against Oz, the man he supported.
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"It makes it much harder for them to cheat with the ballots they 'found by accident,'" Trump said, echoing the former president's unfounded claim that widespread voter fraud robbed him of a second term as president.
Oz is currently neck and neck with hedge fund manager David McCormick with ballots still being counted.
Trump's call for Oz to declare victory is reminiscent of his actions in November 2020 when he attempted to claim he had won the election despite votes still being recorded in several states.
On Wednesday night, Trump insisted that "Oz won." In other posts, Trump also railed against Fake News Media and Fox News, criticizing the latter for being "way off the mark on the count and timing of the Oz vote."
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According to Decision Desk HQ, Oz has a 0.2 percentage point lead - equivalent to 2,567 votes - over McCormick, with an estimated 94% of the expected votes counted. This small margin means that the race will be automatically recounted if it continues.
Just two weeks ago, the former president touted the value of his "unprecedented" and "pristine" confirmation record, claiming that Republican candidates looking to win should fear him.
However, that claim was undermined this week after controversial freshman Madison Cawthorn was forced out of office by his main challenger, Chuck Edwards.
Meanwhile, another Trump-backed political candidate, Charles Herbster, lost his gubernatorial race in Nebraska last week over allegations of sexual assault by eight women. In Idaho, the Trump-backed Lt. gov. Defeated Janice McGeachin in her attempt to unseat Governor Brad Little.
Trump has issued 183 endorsements since leaving office, per Ballotpedia, many of which have yet to be voted out. While most of the Trump-backed political candidates have seen victory, many have been running in uncontested races.
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