Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Pennsylvania's sleepy Senate race could still play key role

Pennsylvania's sleepy Senate race could still play key role

This race could help determine whether republicans maintain control of the chamber.

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

Whether Barletta can beat Casey in the general election is unclear. Bob Casey, who is seeking a third term in November.

A four-term congressman who is a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump has won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania.

Congressman Lou Barletta has been serving in the US house for almost eight years. Casey is a strong critic of the president.

Barletta has gotten the nod from President Trump and Vice President Pence.

In a statement, the Pennsylvania Democratic Party singled out Barletta's tough stance on illegal immigration, saying he had built his political career on "scapegoating immigrants". "If you, like all of the others, want to keep it going this way, go out and vote for Lou".

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Linda, a realtor whose husband runs the local newspaper, said the economy and health care are the biggest issues to her because she's retiring in a few years and has 13 grandchildren.

"He has resisted, rejected and obstructed every single thing that Donald Trump has done", Barletta told a Lancaster County Republican Party dinner crowd Thursday night.

Why is Trump supporting Barletta?

Rather, Christiana criticizes Barletta as "saying one thing during a campaign and then turning around doing something completely different in Washington". The 58-year-old Scranton native is the son of the late former governor, Robert P. Casey, and is possibly the best-known political name in Pennsylvania.

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CNBC added that Casey - who's running unopposed Tuesday - is considered one of the safer senators in the group of 10, as Trump only narrowly won the Keystone State over Hillary Clinton. In March, Saccone narrowly misplaced a U.S. Home particular election to Democrat Conor Lamb within the outdated 18th District, which overwhelmingly voted for Trump in 2016. Casey also has midterm political winds at his back: the party of the president almost always loses seats in Congress in midterm elections.

The primary for Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate race has been relatively quiet but the outcome could have compelling implications.

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