Barletta wins GOP Senate nod

PA-Sen Trump backing GOP candidate in PA primary in hopes of unseating Democratic incumbent in fall

Two giants of Northeastern Pennsylvania politics will be vying for one of the state's U.S. Senate seats this fall in one of the nation's most closely-watched races.

Barely any outside money has made its way into Pennsylvania thus far to help Casey or Barletta, making it unlikely that Pennsylvanians will see a repeat of the record-breaking $180 million U.S. Senate race in 2016 that Republican Sen.

Trump loyalists propelled one of their own onto the U.S. Senate ballot Tuesday, but Lou Barletta is going to need more than that reliable constituency to win in November in a state where the president's approval rating is hovering around 40 percent.

Mr. Casey, the first Democrat to win re-election to the Senate from Pennsylvania since 1962, ran unopposed in the primary.

That's not exactly a huge margin for Barletta, a longtime congressman who had the explicit endorsement of the President - and who spent almost $2 million on the race to just $250,000 for Christiana.

With 51 of 75 Lawrence County precincts reporting, businessman Paul Mango holds a almost 500-vote lead over state senator Scott Wagner in the GOP governor primary. Casey is one of 10 democratic senators who represent a state won by Trump in 2016.

"The contrast between Senator Casey and me could not be clearer", Mr. Barletta said.

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Among the more unusual results of Tuesday's primaries was the loss by Pennsylvania's Democratic lieutenant governor, Mike Stack, who was ousted by mayor John Fetterman. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., who beat four little-known challengers.

Within the gubernatorial main, the opposite large Republican race, state Sen.

Among the Democrats' best pickup opportunities is the new 5th District, vacated by Republican Rep. Patrick Meehan, who resigned last month amid allegations of sexual harassment. Her Democratic opponent is Lincoln City Councilwoman Jane Raybould.

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.

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. Guy Reschenthaler for the open seat in a heavily Republican, newly drawn district. The victor will face incumbent Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf in November. Bob Casey, a Scranton Democrat first elected to the seat in 2006. Although Omaha's strong Democratic core is balanced out by more conservative suburbs, the district gives Democrats a fighting chance of capturing a congressional seat in a state that is otherwise overwhelmingly Republican.

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

OR is reliably Democratic.

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