Barletta scores GOP victory, primed to battle Casey for Senate

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President Donald Trump is supporting Republican Lou Barletta (right) - a member of the U.S. House of Representatives - in Tuesday's U.S. Senate primary in Pennsylvania in the hopes that Barletta can unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. 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, 62, who rocketed to national prominence thanks to his battles against crime and illegal immigrants while mayor, also was an early and enthusiastic supporter of Donald Trump's bid for the White House, and has enjoyed President Trump's support.

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. Mr. Trump captured the state in 2016 by less than one percentage point, becoming the first Republican to win Pennsylvania since 1988.

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. Bob Casey in the general election.

Fischer, the incumbent, defeated four GOP challengers and will be the strong favorite to win re-election in deep-red Nebraska. Fischer is expected to face Lincoln City Councilwoman Jane Raybould, a Democrat, in the general election. Barletta also is endorsed by the state Republican Party, the network added.

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


In the hotly contested Democratic primary for the Lehigh Valley House seat being vacated by retiring Republican Rep. Charlie Dent, former Allentown solicitor Susan Wild, who was backed by EMILY's List, claimed victory. Guy Reschenthaler in the GOP primary for the deep-red 14th District in western Pennsylvania.

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.

Another Democratic primary to watch is the new 1st District, represented by Republican Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick - who faces his own challenge from lawyer Dean Malik. Butch Otter. Idaho is routinely ranked as among the most Republican states in the nation.

Lt. Gov. Brad Little, 64, a rancher who has spent the past 16 years in elected office, secured the GOP nomination.

Barletta raised nearly $3 million to Christiana's $274,000 but spent little of it on the primary, which he appeared to view as a small hurdle on the track toward November.

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

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