During Pennsylvania's Tuesday, May 15, 2018, primary election, Republican Party voters in the state will select Barletta or Pennsylvania state Rep. Jim Christiana as their nominee to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. "Bob Casey has resisted, rejected, and obstructed the president's agenda at every turn".
With 49 % of precincts reporting, Barletta led Christiana by nearly 40,000 votes out of greater than 227,000 forged. The incumbent- Sen. Bob Casey- is unopposed in the democratic race.
"But most of all, Barletta has made it clear that if elected to the Senate, he would put Donald Trump's interests ahead of the people of Pennsylvania", the party said. Casey is a strong critic of the president.
Pennsylvania's thus-far sleepy U.S. Senate race this year could nonetheless play a key role in determining whether Republicans hang onto control of the chamber. Wagner defeated two first-time candidates from the Pittsburgh area, Paul Mango and Laura Ellsworth, surviving weeks of Mango's sharp-elbowed attack ads that painted Wagner as sleazy, greedy and a "deadbeat dad".
Barletta, 62, won his House seat during the Republican midterm wave of 2010, catapulted by the attention he received while mayor of Hazleton for attempting to use local laws to crack down on immigrants in the city who had entered the country illegally. 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.
An early supporter of Trump's during the 2016 election, Barletta jumped into the Senate race with the full backing of the president. In March, Saccone narrowly misplaced a U.S. Home particular election to Democrat Conor Lamb within the outdated 18th District, which overwhelmingly voted for Trump in 2016.
Within the gubernatorial main, the opposite large Republican race, state Sen. Guy Reschenthaler in the GOP primary for the deep-red 14th District in western Pennsylvania.
Casey is one of 10 Democratic senators who represent a state won by Trump, putting a target on his back for Republicans.
This is the first time voters will experience the new congressional districts that were redrawn in February.
"When I saw Democrats needed a candidate in Bucks County, I knew I had to step up", Reddick said in a recent online campaign ad.
"It will be a choice between a candidate who stands up to President Trump when he's wrong and a candidate who believes President Trump can do no wrong", Smith said.
The victor of the three-cornered fight between Wallace, Reddick and Steve Bacher likely will face Republican incumbent Brian Fitzpatrick in November.
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