Rep. Lou Barletta Wins Pennsylvania GOP Senate Primary

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Bob Casey this fall. Bob Casey (D-PA) on Tuesday - but his margin of victory wasn't exactly awe-inspiring.

It's primary day in Pennsylvania, where Republicans Lou Barletta and Jim Christiana are facing off for the right to challenge Democratic Sen. That loyalty earned him Trump's early assist within the Senate race, in addition to recorded phone calls final weekend that includes the president backing Barletta "absolutely, strongly and proudly". Last week, Trump urged GOP Senate primary voters to support Rep. Jim Renacci in OH and oppose former coal company executive Don Blankenship in West Virginia. Barletta's win, which was expected, sets up a general election clash between a Trump ally against an increasingly vocal Trump critic.

Barletta has lagged in the fundraising race, collecting almost $1.3 million in 2018's first quarter and ending with $1.6 million on hand, compared to Casey's almost $10 million on hand.

Still, defeating Casey in November's election is a tall order.

Democrats' path to a possible House majority starts with several seats in the Philadelphia suburbs, and the party will pick its candidates there in Tuesday's primary.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court docket added one other wrinkle to the race in February, when it redrew the district boundaries in a method many observers thought of favorable to Democrats.

Scott Hutchinson (R-21) for a meet-and-greet as part of his campaign running in the primaries for U.S. Senate.

Nevertheless, the overload of open seats has resulted in a number of outsized Democratic main fields - reminiscent of within the new seventh District, the place six Democrats had been operating to interchange Republican Rep. Charlie Dent, who has stepped down. Trump won Pennsylvania by less than one percentage point in the 2016 presidential election.

Pennsylvania could send at least three women Congress next year, breaking the all-male hold on the state's 18-member U.S. House delegation.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf will face the victor of a crowded Republican primary that state Sen.

Casey, the son of a late former governor, has strong name recognition and has won five statewide elections, including two as auditor general and one as state treasurer.

Nebraska is a reliably Republican state.

Republican Rick Saccone, who lost to Lamb, was seeking redemption in a primary for a Pittsburgh-area district that favors the GOP.

Expect Barletta to try to tie Casey to Senate liberals like Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, whose policies are too far left for many Pennsylvania moderates.

But she faces a hard race: Idaho hasn't elected a Democratic governor since 1990, and the Republican Party now controls a supermajority on all federal, state and legislative seats. He was re-elected in 2012 by 9 points.