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Barletta Vs. Christiana In US Senate Race

Barletta Vs. Christiana In US Senate Race

Two of the president's favored candidates, Lou Barletta in Pennsylvania and Deb Fischer in Nebraska, won their U.S. Senate primaries.

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.

Barletta, a close Trump ally whom the President backed with robocalls in the closing days of the race, led underfunded Pennsylvania state Rep. Jim Christiana (R) by 59 percent to 41 percent when the Associated Press called the Tuesday night.

Republicans have already privately anxious that the divisive Barletta, like Trump an immigration hardliner, could hurt the rest of the GOP ticket in a state where more than a half-dozen House seats are up for grabs this cycle, a lot of them Democratic pickup opportunities. Barletta, a staunch President Donald Trump supporter, captured the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate.

But as this Senate race continues, expect even more of this back-and-forth between Casey and Barletta and expect Trump to weigh in at some point with a fresh and likely more forceful Barletta endorsement - all of this for a seat that Republicans want badly to win and one the Democrats can't afford to lose.

The GOP controls the Senate 51 to 49. Trump asked Barletta to run for Senate, and the president is expected to visit Pennsylvania to campaign for him.

Pennsylvania is considered a crucial swing state.




Casey campaign manager M.E. Smith released a statement on Barletta's nomination saying the race will be a contest "between a candidate who fights for working families and a candidate who fights for the corporate interests that stack the deck against them". Her Democratic opponent is Lincoln City Councilwoman Jane Raybould.

Within the gubernatorial main, the opposite large Republican race, state Sen. The victor will face incumbent Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf in November. Guy Reschenthaler in the GOP primary for the deep-red 14th District in western Pennsylvania.

Eastman defeated former Rep. Brad Ashford in Tuesday's primary election with a campaign that cast her as a champion of liberal ideals, including supporting a single-payer health care system. Bob Casey, a Scranton Democrat first elected to the seat in 2006.

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. 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.

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".

OR is reliably Democratic. Little is endorsed by his boss, outgoing Republican Gov.