Key Races On The Ballot In Tuesday's Pa. Primary

Elias Hubbard
May 17, 2018

Four-time U.S. Rep. and former Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta cruised to a sizeable victory Tuesday in his bid for the Republican nomination, setting up a November contest against U.S. Sen.

One local state Senate race has attracted attention and TV ads. But Trump's endorsement of Barletta, coupled with Christiana's low name recognition and fundraising, kept the state legislator from gaining traction.

Barletta, who has served in Congress since 2011 will now face Pennsylvania's senior senator, two-term Democratic incumbent Bob Casey in November.

Beaver County native Jim Christiana sat down with officials from Clarion County as well as Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-63) and state Sen.

There's a third gubernatorial choice for Republican voters - Pittsburgh attorney Laura Ellsworth, who one pollster says is surging in last minute polls. Trump recorded an automated telephone message praising Barletta that was sent to voters just before the primary.

In state politics, Sen. Scott Wagner was holding a slim lead over retired businessman and Military veteran Paul Mango.

And in Oregon, Republicans are choosing their candidate to take on Democratic Gov. Kate Brown in the fall. Seven of those 18 seats are vacant, due in large part to the departures of five Republican lawmakers who either have resigned or are not running again. Nevertheless, the overload of open seats has resulted in a number of outsized Democratic main fields - reminiscent of within the new seventh District, the place six Democrats had been operating to interchange Republican Rep. Charlie Dent, who has stepped down. Evans and Boyle represent heavily Democratic districts in Philadelphia. Each districts voted for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump within the 2016 presidential election.

Barletta accused Casey of moving too "far left", and not being in line with the will of Pennsylvanians who support Trump's agenda.

The victor will face Democratic Sen. Man Reschenthaler within the Republican main.

For the candidates battling for congressional seats, they will all be chosen, for the first time, based on a new congressional map that the state Supreme Court said corrects GOP gerrymandering.

"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. Morganelli was a target of progressives over his stances on abortion, illegal immigration and a series of now-deleted tweets that included praise for President Donald Trump.

The victor of the three-cornered combat between Wallace, Reddick and Steve Bacher possible will face Republican incumbent Brian Fitzpatrick in November.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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