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Barletta scores GOP victory, primed to battle Casey for Senate

16 May 2018, 10:33 | Erica Roy

Voters to cast primary ballots in four states today

Tuesday's primary will narrow GOP gubernatorial, Senate fields

Lamb, who's operating within the new 17th District, has no Democratic main opponent and can meet Republican U.S. Rep Keith Rothfus, who at present represents the outdated 12th District, in November. Bob Casey (D-PA) on Tuesday - but his margin of victory wasn't exactly awe-inspiring.

Pennsylvania is also home to a closely-watched Republican primary for U.S. Senate between U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta and state Rep. Jim Christiana.

On Saturday, Barletta's campaign said it sent out recorded telephone calls of Trump criticizing Casey and reminding hundreds of thousands of registered Republicans why he supports Barletta "fully, strongly, and proudly".

Casey is unopposed for the Democratic nomination. These results are unlikely to calm their nerves.

Republicans, meanwhile, see Casey's seat as freshly vulnerable, and Barletta has made a point of portraying Casey as soft on immigration, oppositional toward the president and a lackluster working-class advocate, hoping these points will resonate with voters in a state that Donald Trump won less than two years ago.

Republicans and the White House view the Senate contest between Mr. Barletta and Mr. Casey as one of their best opportunities to flip a seat. Bob Casey in the general election.

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.


For the candidates battling for congressional seats, they will all be chosen, for the first time, based on a new congressional map that the state Supreme Court said corrects GOP gerrymandering.

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

In Idaho, Rep. Raul Labrador - an influential member of the House Freedom Caucus - is one of three front-runners in a crowded gubernatorial primary.

John Fetterman, the Braddock mayor, won the five-way Democratic Party primary race for lieutenant governor Tuesday, meaning he will run on a ticket with Gov. Tom Wolf in the fall. He faces state Sen. One vote in the Senate can make the difference, and the president is committed to helping me win this race.

Two local incumbent House Democrats from Pennsylvania have turned back primary challenges.

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. In March, Democrat Conor Lamb won a special election in a Pittsburgh-area district where Trump beat Clinton by 20 percentage points.

To the west, Democrats are watching a House primary in Nebraska, where former Rep. Brad Ashford - a conservative "Blue Dog" who lost to Republican Rep. Don Bacon in 2016 - must hold off progressive Kara Eastman before he gets a rematch with Bacon.



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