Barletta wins Republican nomination for US Senate

  • Barletta wins Republican nomination for US Senate

Barletta wins Republican nomination for US Senate

Pennsylvania U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta was projected to defeat state Rep. Jim Christiana Tuesday within the Republican main to find out who will face incumbent Democratic Sen. The race is one of 10 Democratic-held Senate seats on the ballot this fall in states President Donald Trump won in 2016.

Describing himself as a blue collar Congressman and former mayor, Barletta said it's time to "send those blue collar values to the Senate". Prior to joining the lower chamber Barletta served more than a decade as mayor of Hazelton. President Trump has endorsed Barletta to face incumbent Democratic Sen. Bob Casey, who is seeking a third term in November.

Barletta did have kind words for his fellow Republican Christiana, saying the two had exchanged well wishes, and that his opponent offered to help him in the general election campaign.

Casey is one of 10 Democratic senators who represent a state won by Trump, putting a target on his back for Republicans.

Trump asked Barletta to run for U.S. Senate - the pair are on good enough terms that Barletta watched this year's Super Bowl with Trump at the Republican president's Mar-a-Lago club in Florida - and Barletta remains a staunch supporter. The court ruled that several Pennsylvania districts were gerrymandered in favor of Republicans and therefore violated the state's constitution.

President Trump clearly understands how important my campaign against Bob Casey is for advancing his agenda through the Senate.

Democrats also picked Mary Gay Scanlon, a local school board member, in a packed primary in the 5th District, an area vacated by former GOP Rep. Patrick Meehan, where the Democrats are all but certain to make one of the 23 pickups they will need to take control of the House. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., who beat four little-known challengers. Fischer is favored to win by a large margin, according to recent polls.

Farther west in OR, incumbent Democratic Gov. Kate Brown drew a pair of primary challengers but was expected to advance to the general election.

Saccone lost Tuesday's 14th Congressional District primary election to state Sen. Lyndon Johnson was the last Democrat to carry Nebraska in a presidential election, in 1964.

In Idaho, a competitive Republican primary for governor featured three leading candidates: Rep. Raúl Labrador, a founding member of the hard-right House Freedom Caucus; Lt. Gov. Brad Little, who had the support of outgoing Gov. C.L. 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.

Who is Barletta running against in the GOP primary?

Brown in 2016 became the first openly bisexual person to be elected governor of a state.