May 23, 2018

Barletta wins Republican nomination for US Senate

16 May 2018, 10:36 | Taylor George

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Voters to cast primary ballots in four states today

The primary for Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate race has been relatively quiet but the outcome could have compelling implications.

Congressman Raul Labrador is one of three GOP candidates for governor in Idaho, a state so heavily Republican that the primary goes a long way to determining the general election. He faces state Sen.

Barletta reminded the audience that he was one of the first to rally behind Trump's presidential campaign, ignoring skeptics who said he was "crazy".

In the months leading up to Tuesday's primary contest, Barletta clearly was fighting harder against Casey than against Christiana. Bob Casey, who is seeking a third term in November. Each districts voted for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump within the 2016 presidential election.

Casey also sported almost $10 million in campaign funds late last month as opposed to Barletta's $1.3 million, the network added. Lamb, who is running in the new 17th District, has no Democratic primary opponent and will meet Republican U.S. Rep Keith Rothfus, who now represents the old 12th District, in November. Christiana, a moderate Republican, has served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives since 2009. The need 23 to win the majority.

Voters will cast their ballots Tuesday in Pennsylvania's primary election.

Idaho, Nebraska and OR are also holding primaries Tuesday.


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

Casey has a huge cash advantage, the Associated Press noted, with about $10 million in the bank at the end of April, compared with Barletta's $1.3 million.

In Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District, a pickup opportunity for Democrats, former congressman Brad Ashford, D, was trying to make a comeback.

Nebraska Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts faced a primary challenger, but he was favored to win his party's nod, as well as a second term in November. 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.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court added another wrinkle to the race in February, when it redrew the district boundaries in a way many observers considered favorable to Democrats. He will face Rep. Keith Rothfus, R, in November.

And in Oregon, Republicans are choosing their candidate to take on Democratic Gov. Kate Brown in the fall.

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