Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Barletta wins Republican nomination for US Senate

Barletta wins Republican nomination for US Senate

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.

Christiana is running against Barletta and current U.S. Senate for Pennsylvania, Bob Casey Jr.in the primary election. The incumbent- Sen. Bob Casey- is unopposed in the democratic race.

Mr. Barletta, a four-term lawmaker and supporter of President Trump's tough immigration policies, easily defeated state Rep. Jim Christiana of Beaver County by a margin of 61 percent to 39 percent, with almost three-fourths of the votes counted.

The GOP holds a razor-thin 51-to-49 advantage, but leaders are increasingly bullish about adding to their majority as Trump's approval ratings have ticked up.

Casey is among 10 Democratic senators seeking re-election this year in states won by Trump, making Casey a target for Republicans.

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"Trump has not been particularly successful in translating his own popularity with his base to voters from that base for other candidates", said University of Pittsburgh political scientist Kristin Kanthak.

Pennsylvania is considered a crucial swing state.

Casey campaign manager M.E. Smith framed the match-up as "a choice between a candidate who fights for working families and a candidate who fights for the corporate interests that stack the deck against them".

Farther west in OR, incumbent Democratic Gov. Kate Brown drew a pair of primary challengers but was expected to advance to the general election. This time, he was defeated by state Sen. Labrador is a member of the House Freedom Caucus and is regarded as one of the most conservative members of Congress.

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.

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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. Guy Reschenthaler in the Republican primary. Though Nebraska has elected conservative-leaning Democrats to the Senate in the past decade, pundits nevertheless expect Fischer to be easily re-elected. Butch Otter. Idaho is routinely ranked as among the most Republican states in the nation.

Vice President Mike Pence did take to the social media platform to praise Barletta's win, however, tweeting: "CONGRATS to my friend @LouForSenate in his big Pennsylvania primary victory tonight".

Buehler, who ran for secretary of state in 2012, was the most centrist of the Republican front-runners. Little is endorsed by his boss, outgoing Republican Gov.

OR is among eight states where Democrats control the governorship and both houses of the state legislature.

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