A Republican who was an early backer of President Donald Trump looked to secure his party's nomination for the Senate on Tuesday in Pennsylvania, a state Democrats consider crucial for a political comeback.
President Donald Trump is supporting Republican Lou Barletta - a member of the U.S. House of Representatives - in Tuesday's U.S. Senate primary in Pennsylvania in the hope that Barletta can unseat Democratic U.S. Sen.
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Dwight Evans, in his first full term, will face Republican Bryan Leib in the November general election. In addition to Pennsylvania, Nebraska, Idaho and OR held nominating contests.
Lamb, who is running in the new 17th District, has no Democratic primary opponent and will meet Republican U.S. Rep Keith Rothfus, who now represents the old 12th District, in November.
Barletta, who has represented the 11th Congressional District since 2011, garnered 64.1 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results released by the Pennsylvania Department of State.
Democrats will also pick a candidate in the 5th District, an area vacated by former GOP Rep. Patrick Meehan, where the Democrats are all but certain to make one of the 23 pickups they will need to take control of the House.
"The contrast between Senator Casey and me could not be clearer", Mr. Barletta said.
Trump states in the recording that Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., who beat four little-known challengers.
Polls are open from 7 a.m.to 8 p.m.
Describing himself as a blue collar Congressman and former mayor, Barletta said it's time to "send those blue collar values to the Senate".
Several incumbent candidates who are seeking re-election, like Congressman Dwight Evans, have to fight for re-election in a new district because of the new map.
Farther west in OR, incumbent Democratic Gov. Kate Brown drew a pair of primary challengers but was expected to advance to the general election.
Social worker and political newcomer Kara Eastman has won the Democratic nomination for Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District. Scott Wagner defeated businessman and Army veteran Paul Mango for the chance to face off in November against Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, who ran unopposed.
In the republican race for lieutenant governor, Kathy Coder held a 1,116-1,006 vote lead over Diana Irey Vaughan. Though Nebraska has elected conservative-leaning Democrats to the Senate in the past decade, pundits nevertheless expect Fischer to be easily re-elected.
Perhaps the highest-stakes battle is the Democratic primary for the Lehigh Valley House seat being vacated by retiring Republican Rep. Charlie Dent.
In Idaho, a competitive Republican primary for governor featured three leading candidates: Rep. Raúl Labrador, a founding member of the hard-right House Freedom Caucus; Lt. Gov. Brad Little, who had the support of outgoing Gov. C.L.