Primary elections: Barletta claims GOP Senate nomination in Pa., as Democrats settle crowded contests

Recent developments

● Republican Scott Wagner will face incumbent Democrat Tom Wolf in the race for Pennsylvania governor.

● Nebraska state Sen. Bob Krist (D) will face incumbent Republican Pete Ricketts in the race for governor.

● Republican congressman Lou Barletta will face Democratic incumbent Robert P. Casey Jr. in the high-stakes race for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania.

● Sen. Deb Fischer (R) in her bid for reelection will face Lincoln city councilwoman and grocery store executive Jane Raybould (D).

Keep track of tonight’s primary results.

This is a developing story.

An ally of President Trump claimed the Republican nomination for Senate in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, as energized Democrats settled crowded primaries that will shape the party’s chances in November’s midterm elections.

Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) was projected to beat state Rep. Jim Christiana (R-Pa.) with half of the precincts tallied in the Republican Senate primary. Trump had recorded an automated telephone message praising Barletta in the final hours of the race. The GOP congressman will run against two-term Democratic Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr., who has stockpiled nearly $10 million for his campaign.

Shortly after 10 p.m., Barletta declared victory at a party in Hazelton, the city where his tenure as a tough-on-immigration mayor started his political rise.

“The media said that Donald Trump could not win

Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/pennsylvania-crucial-to-democratic-hopes-for-winning-house-majority/2018/05/14/2e4700f8-57a0-11e8-b656-a5f8c2a9295d_story.html

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