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

16 May 2018

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. Christiana also critiqued Barletta's recent vote for a $1.3 trillion government spending bill that Casey also supported, one critics called a deficit-ballooning mistake.

"I think it's wrong to go against what the people here have voted for", Barletta said, noting he is seeking support from Democrats and Independents who had voted for Trump. "I've been a blue-collar worker, a blue collar mayor, and a blue-collar congressman who fights for the American worker, stands tough against illegal immigration, and keeps our families safe". Bob Casey has rejected, resisted, and obstructed our president at every step.

President Trump clearly understands how important my campaign against Bob Casey is for advancing his agenda through the Senate. Trump recorded an automated telephone message praising Barletta that was sent to voters just before the primary. He has a campaign war chest of more than $10 million.

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.

And in Oregon, Republicans are choosing their candidate to take on Democratic Gov. Kate Brown in the fall. Christiana believes the state could benefit from having someone from Western Pennsylvania as it is not highly recognized in the senate. The court ruled that several Pennsylvania districts were gerrymandered in favor of Republicans and therefore violated the state's constitution. They are hoping to pick up as many as half a dozen House seats in November.

Christiana has been a State Representative since 2008, representing the 15th District and has said that both Barletta and Casey have been unable to control the nation's debt and deficit. Casey has won five statewide elections, including two as auditor general and one as state treasurer.

A whopping 84 candidates are running in the Keystone State's 18 House districts Tuesday, more than in any election year since 1984 when the state had 23 seats in the House.

He hitched his political wagon to President Trump's three years ago and there's no turning back now, not that he would.

Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli is the best-known candidate.

Elsewhere, Democratic voters in the new 1st District are deciding between millionaire trial lawyer Scott Wallace and Rachel Reddick, a former Navy officer. President Trump has endorsed Barletta to face incumbent Democratic Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont and enjoyed the support of a super PAC that spent almost $1 million.

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