Thursday, 18 October, 2018

US Rep. Lou Barletta captures GOP nomination for US Senate

Rep. Lou Barletta, left appears with Donald Trump at an October 2016 campaign rally in Wilkes-Barre Rep. Lou Barletta, left appears with Donald Trump at an October 2016 campaign rally in Wilkes-Barre
Ellis Copeland | 16 May, 2018, 10:31

The race for one of Pennsylvania's two U.S. Senate seats will feature incumbent Democrat Bob Casey going up against Republican Lou Barletta in November's general election. Bob Casey in November.

Christiana focuses his energy on Barletta, but not for Barletta's support of Trump.

"I think it's wrong to go against what the people here have voted for", Barletta said, noting he is seeking support from Democrats and Independents who had voted for Trump.

Barletta was an early Trump supporter, and the president encouraged him to run for Senate. Barletta also is endorsed by the state Republican Party, the network added.

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

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. He won't be able to rely on the same strategies that Trump used to carry the state in 2016 because Casey can't be demonized the way Hillary Clinton was.

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Within the southwest nook of the state, the brand new 14th District provided an opportunity at redemption for state Rep. Rick Saccone. Casey is one of 10 democratic senators who represent a state won by Trump in 2016. In a crowded Democratic primary, school board member and attorney Mary Scanlon was leading Rich Lazer, a former deputy of Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney who was endorsed by liberal Sen. Man Reschenthaler within the Republican main.

Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA) won his primary to face Sen. Wallace, who has spent heavily on the race, has fought allegations of carpetbagging over his move back to his home state from Maryland after he reportedly was recruited to run. Others have criticized Reddick for being a registered Republican till 2016.

In the closely watched 7th District, where moderate Republican Rep. Charlie Dent has retired, former Allentown city solicitor Susan Wild held a narrow lead over pro-life Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli and pastor Greg Edwards. "I will not be afraid to face as much as Donald Trump".

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

Polling day was marked by stormy climate that knocked out energy to a handful of polling stations close to Scranton, delaying the counting of paper ballots, whereas a storm-related fuel leak quickly closed a polling place within the tiny borough of Delaware Water Hole, within the Poconos, in response to the Pocono Report.

Polls are open from 7 a.m.to 8 p.m.

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