Trump-Backed Congressman Wins Critical Primary

Trump-Backed Congressman Wins Critical Primary
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Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) is projected to win the GOP primary in the marquee race for the Pennsylvania Senate seat now held by Sen. Bob Casey (D).

The Associated Press called the race for Barletta at 9:41 p.m. EDT.

Barletta, who was backed by President Trump and the Pennsylvania Republican Party, defeated little-known challenger state Rep. Jim Christiana Tuesday for the Republican nomination. Barletta, who has served in the House since 2011, will now face Casey in November.

An early supporter of Trump’s during the 2016 election, Barletta jumped into the Senate race with the full backing of the president. Trump touted Barletta as a “great guy” at a Pennsylvania rally earlier this year, and endorsed him in February.Days ahead of Tuesday’s primary, Trump recorded a robocall for Barletta, lauding the congressman as an immigration hardliner and his support for the GOP’s tax plan.
 Source: The Hill
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