Tuesday's primary will narrow GOP gubernatorial, Senate fields

Tuesday's primary will narrow GOP gubernatorial, Senate fields

A whopping 84 candidates had been operating within the Keystone State's 18 Home districts Tuesday, greater than in any election yr since 1984 when the state had 23 seats within the Home.

The Pennsylvania US House primaries - the first elections on a new court-imposed congressional map - were the main event on a day that included primary elections in Idaho, Nebraska and Oregon.

He paid little attention to his Republican rival during the primary campaign.

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.

Within the southwest nook of the state, the brand new 14th District provided an opportunity at redemption for state Rep. Rick Saccone.

Nebraska is a reliably Republican state. Guy Reschenthaler for the open seat in a heavily Republican, newly drawn district.

Pennsylvania's thus-far sleepy U.S. Senate race this year could nonetheless play a key role in determining whether Republicans hang onto control of the chamber.

Women won contested Democratic primaries in three other seats in Pennsylvania, although two of those seats are in solidly Republican districts and another is considered a toss-up in November.

She will now face Rep. Don Bacon, a first-term Republican who defeated Ashford in the 2016 election. He's backed by a group with ties to the centrist "No Labels" group, but is 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.

Trump loyalists propelled one of their own onto the U.S. Senate ballot Tuesday, but Lou Barletta is going to need more than that reliable constituency to win in November in a state where the president's approval rating is hovering around 40 percent. He faces state Sen.

On the democratic ticket, there have been 186 write-in votes cast for Pennsylvania's 10th district, meaning incumbent Rep. Aaron Bernstine -- who's running unopposed on the republican ticket - will likely have a challenger in the November election.

"Trump has not been particularly successful in translating his own popularity with his base to voters from that base for other candidates", said University of Pittsburgh political scientist Kristin Kanthak. Casey is a strong critic of the president. Wallace held off Rachel Reddick, an EMILY's List-endorsed 33-year-old former Navy prosecutor, to win the primary.

Democrats' path to a possible House majority starts with several seats in the Philadelphia suburbs, and the party picked its candidates there in Tuesday's primary.



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