(The Hill) – Failed GOP Pennsylvania Senate candidate Kathy Barnette took to Twitter to blame Fox News host Sean Hannity for her primary election loss.
“Never forget what Sean Hannity did in this race,” she said in a video posted on Twitter Wednesday. “Almost single handedly Sean Hannity sowed deep seeds of disinformation, flat out lies every night for the past five days and that was just extremely hard to overcome.”
Her comment comes after Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidate Mehmet Oz said Tuesday Hannity has been giving him advice “behind the scenes.”
“I want to thank Sean Hannity. Sean has been like a brother to me. When Sean punches through something, he really punches through it. He understands exactly how to make a difference and he’s been doing that this entire campaign,” Oz said.
Hannity has come under scrutiny from critics for his close personal relationship with Trump and a number of his top allies and aides during his time in the White House.
Oz and former hedge fund manager David McCormick are still in a battle for the GOP Senate nomination as the vote was too close to call on Tuesday night.
Barnette declared she would not support Oz or McCormick in the general election, saying she had “no intentions of support[ing] globalists” before the election began Tuesday.
Barnette was a surprise contender as she surged in the polls weeks before the election, but was swiftly beaten on Tuesday by Oz and McCormick.
Oz, who is endorsed by Trump, and McCormick’s election could trigger a recount due to how close the votes are between the candidates.
Whoever wins will go on to face progressive candidate John Fetterman, who beat Democratic candidate Conor Lamb on Tuesday.