US Rep. Lou Barletta captures GOP nomination for US Senate


Two giants of Northeastern Pennsylvania politics will be vying for one of the state's U.S. Senate seats this fall in one of the nation's most closely-watched races.

The New York Times called the Republican race tonight with 60 percent of precincts reporting.

Republican Lou Barletta will be facing off against Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Casey in November.

President Donald Trump is supporting Republican Lou Barletta - a member of the U.S. House of Representatives - in Tuesday's U.S. Senate primary in Pennsylvania in the hope that Barletta can unseat Democratic U.S. Sen.

Mr. Barletta, a four-term lawmaker and supporter of President Trump's tough immigration policies, easily defeated state Rep. Jim Christiana of Beaver County by a margin of 61 percent to 39 percent, with almost three-fourths of the votes counted.

Barletta was an early backer of Trump - and Trump has backed Barletta, recording a robocall for him days ahead of the primary against state Rep. Jim Christiana.

The Nebraska GOP Senate primary pits Sen. Casey has won five statewide elections, including two as auditor general and one as state treasurer.

"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.

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". Deb Fischer, R-Neb., who beat four little-known challengers. Her Democratic opponent is Lincoln City Councilwoman Jane Raybould. He faces state Sen. Labrador is a member of the House Freedom Caucus and is regarded as one of the most conservative members of Congress. Casey is "Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi's guy, and he's been a disaster in the Senate".

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.

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

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

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