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Pennsylvania’s Primary Circus Clatters Toward Unruly Close

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  • Oz, McCormick and Barnette locked in three-way GOP race
Voters arrive to cast ballots at a polling location in Philadelphia, on May 17.
Voters arrive to cast ballots at a polling location in Philadelphia, on May 17.Photographer: Michelle Gustafson/Bloomberg
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A Pennsylvania primary campaign that became more dramatic in every day of the final stretch roars to an end Tuesday, concluding a three-way heat in the Republican US Senate race where the victor will likely face a Democrat recovering from a stroke.

For months, the GOP race for an open US Senate seat was between Mehmet Oz, the celebrity physician, and former Bridgewater Associates Chief Executive Officer David McCormick, who with their allies had spent more than $54 million on ads -- a record for a Senate primary in the commonwealth. But commentator Kathy Barnette upended the campaign with a late surge to make it a statistical tie in two polls released days before the primary.