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Trump backs 2 successful US Senate nominees in primaries

16 May 2018

Lamb, who's operating within the new 17th District, has no Democratic main opponent and can meet Republican U.S. Rep Keith Rothfus, who at present represents the outdated 12th District, in November.

In February, the Republican Party of Pennsylvania unanimously voted to endorse Rep. Lou Barletta for the 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. These results are unlikely to calm their nerves.

Barletta, 62, was an early supporter of Trump and endorsed his presidential bid in March 2016 - before Trump took Pennsylvania's primary election, CNBC noted.

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey D Pennsylvania
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey D Pennsylvania

Whether Barletta can beat Casey in the general election is unclear.

Dwight Evans, in his first full term, will face Republican Bryan Leib in the November general election.

Mary Gay Scanlon won a 10-way Democratic primary and Madeleine Dean won a three-way Democratic primary on Tuesday night for two suburban Philadelphia seats that are likely to flip to Democrats following a court-ordered redrawing of the state's congressional district boundaries.

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

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Another Democratic primary to watch is the new 1st District, represented by Republican Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick - who faces his own challenge from lawyer Dean Malik. Labrador is a member of the House Freedom Caucus and is regarded as one of the most conservative members of Congress.

The Braddock mayor's victory means he will run on a ticket with Gov. Tom Wolf in the fall.

The two-term senator is a native of Scranton and the son of a former Pennsylvania governor.

Saccone lost Tuesday's 14th Congressional District primary election to state Sen. Guy Reschenthaler in the Republican primary.

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He said: 'But I don't want to say that I am happy with these kinds of comparisons, because each of them was at top level for 10 or 11 years.

Barletta raised nearly $3 million to Christiana's $274,000 but spent little of it on the primary, which he appeared to view as a small hurdle on the track toward November.

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

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.

Polls have closed in primary elections in Pennsylvania, a state Democrats see as key to their efforts to win back the House of Representatives in November's midterm elections.

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Trump backs 2 successful US Senate nominees in primaries