Pennsylvania's sleepy Senate race could still play key role

Pennsylvania's sleepy Senate race could still play key role

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.

Barletta, who has 60 percent of the vote with 52 percent of the precincts reporting, will face incumbent Democrat Bob Casey in the November general election.

Democrats' path to a possible House majority starts with several seats in the Philadelphia suburbs, and the party picked its candidates there in Tuesday's primary.

Check out tomorrow's newspaper and www.TheDerrick.com for more. Bob Casey, who is seeking a third term in November.

OR and Idaho also held primary elections.

Barely any outside money has made its way into Pennsylvania to help Casey or Barletta, making it extremely unlikely that residents will see a repeat of the record-breaking $180 million U.S. Senate race in 2016 that Pennsylvania's Republican Sen.

Barletta, 62, who rocketed to national prominence thanks to his battles against crime and illegal immigrants while mayor, also was an early and enthusiastic supporter of Donald Trump's bid for the White House, and has enjoyed President Trump's support.

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

Barletta is a favorite of Trump, whom Barletta endorsed in 2016.

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"The contrast between Senator Casey and me could not be clearer", Mr. Barletta said.

Trump edged Democrat Hillary Clinton by less than 1 percentage point in Pennsylvania in 2016's presidential election.

Democrats will also pick a candidate 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 against four primary opponents. This time, he was defeated by state Sen. Officers there have been maintaining it open till 10:30 p.m. Barletta has served in Congress since 2011.

Barletta and Republicans like him across the country are taking a different tack than Democrats did in 2014 when, aware that the president's party tends to lose seats in midterms, they distanced themselves from Barack Obama. The victor will face incumbent Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf in November.

Social worker and political newcomer Kara Eastman has won the Democratic nomination for Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District.

He paid little attention to his Republican rival during the primary campaign.

In Idaho, Rep. Raul Labrador - an influential member of the House Freedom Caucus - is one of three front-runners in a crowded gubernatorial primary.

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.

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