Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Backed Barletta Underperforms In Pennsylvania Senate Primary Win

Backed Barletta Underperforms In Pennsylvania Senate Primary Win

Pennsylvania is also home to a closely-watched Republican primary for U.S. Senate between U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta and state Rep. Jim Christiana. Bob Casey, who is seeking a third term in November. He piled up margins of almost eight-to-one in his home base of northeastern Pennsylvania and made a respectable showing in Mr. Christiana's territory near Pittsburgh. The race is one of 10 Democratic-held Senate seats on the ballot this fall in states President Donald Trump won in 2016.

"I'm honored by the outpouring of support from Republican voters across Pennsylvania", Barletta said.

President Trump recorded robo-calls in support of Barletta, a U.S. House member since 2011 who is considered the favorite to defeat 34-year-old State Rep. Christiana.

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.

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The race could determine which party controls the Senate next year.

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court docket added one other wrinkle to the race in February, when it redrew the district boundaries in a method many observers thought of favorable to Democrats.

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. No fewer than ten Democrats had been operating in suburban Philadelphia's fifth District, the place Rep. Patrick Meehan resigned final month amid allegations he sexually harassed a former worker. He won't be able to rely on the same strategies that Trump used to carry the state in 2016 because Casey can't be demonized the way Hillary Clinton was.

Casey is one of 10 Democratic senators vying for re-election in states that Trump won in the 2016 presidential election - which The Associated Press said puts a "target" on Casey's back for Republicans.

On Monday, Saccone instructed Fox Information that the 14th District was "a a lot stronger district for an individual like me with conservative values as a result of I characterize the values of this district, and it's way more conservative than the 18th was". President Trump has endorsed Barletta to face incumbent Democratic Sen. Man Reschenthaler within the Republican main.

"After I noticed Democrats wanted a candidate in Bucks County, I knew I needed to step up", Reddick mentioned in a current on-line marketing campaign advert.

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