Rep. Lou Barletta Wins Pennsylvania GOP Senate Primary

Clay Curtis
May 16, 2018

Lou Barletta has captured the Republican nomination in Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate race.

Trump chastised Sen. Bob Casey, whom Barletta hopes to defeat in the general election, for serving as a cheerleader for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

Last week, Trump urged GOP Senate primary voters to support Rep. Jim Renacci in the Ohio Senate and oppose former coal company executive Don Blankenship in West Virginia.

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OR and Idaho also held primary elections.

Voters also will pick candidates for the November ballot for the full U.S. House and the full state House and half the state 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. Barletta is a favorite of Trump, whom Barletta endorsed in 2016. Barletta was a Trump supporter earlier than the 2016 presidential nomination was settled.

"I think it's wrong to go against what the people here have voted for", Barletta said, noting he is seeking support from Democrats and Independents who had voted for Trump. Her Democratic opponent is Lincoln City Councilwoman Jane Raybould.

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That makes Tuesday's primary a harbinger for other Trump-aligned candidates across the country.

Trump states in the recording that Sen.

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. He ran against nonprofit executive Kara Eastman.

However, the overload of open seats has resulted in several oversized Democratic primary fields - such as in the new 7th District, where six Democrats are running to replace Republican Rep. Charlie Dent, who has stepped down. In March, Democrat Conor Lamb won a special election in a Pittsburgh-area district where Trump beat Clinton by 20 percentage points.

Barletta has run for months as the GOP's presumptive nominee, targeting his criticism toward Casey.

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.

Women won contested Democratic primaries in three other seats in Pennsylvania, although two of those seats are in solidly Republican districts and another is considered a toss-up in November.

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.

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