Global News

Trump supporter Lou Barletta wins GOP nod to take on Sen. Casey

Trump supporter Lou Barletta wins GOP nod to take on Sen. Casey

President Donald Trump is supporting Republican Lou Barletta (right) - a member of the U.S. House of Representatives - in Tuesday's U.S. Senate primary in Pennsylvania in the hopes that Barletta can unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Trump recorded an automated telephone message praising Barletta that was sent to voters just before the primary.

Check out tomorrow's newspaper and www.TheDerrick.com for more. Bob Casey in November.

Scott Hutchinson (R-21) for a meet-and-greet as part of his campaign running in the primaries for U.S. Senate.

That's not exactly a huge margin for Barletta, a longtime congressman who had the explicit endorsement of the President - and who spent almost $2 million on the race to just $250,000 for Christiana.

Barletta, who has represented the 11th Congressional District since 2011, garnered 64.1 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results released by the Pennsylvania Department of State.

During his victory speech, Barletta focused heavily on his support for the president, saying the media had wrongly predicted Trump would not win the state.

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.

With the GOP holding a slim majority in the Senate - and midterm elections historically tilting toward the party out of power in the White House - Trump and the Republican Party are looking for every opening they can find to hold on to Senate seats and perhaps to flip others. This time, he was defeated by state Sen.




Polls are open from 7 a.m.to 8 p.m.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf will face the victor of a crowded Republican primary that state Sen. Fischer is expected to face Lincoln City Councilwoman Jane Raybould, a Democrat, in the general election.

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

Perhaps the highest-stakes battle is the Democratic primary for the Lehigh Valley House seat being vacated by retiring Republican Rep. Charlie Dent.

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.

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. Though Nebraska has elected conservative-leaning Democrats to the Senate in the past decade, pundits nevertheless expect Fischer to be easily re-elected.

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.