Monday, 28 May, 2018

Democrats eye Pennsylvania primaries in battle for the House

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey D Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Bob Casey D Pennsylvania
Sammy Stanley | 16 May, 2018, 10:30

The four-term USA representative emerged the victor in Tuesday's primary election, defeating state Rep. Jim Christiana of Beaver County.

In the republican race for lieutenant governor, Kathy Coder held a 1,116-1,006 vote lead over Diana Irey Vaughan.

Rep. Lou Barletta won Pennsylvania's Republican Senate primary Tuesday, setting up a challenge against two-term Democratic Sen.

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. The race is one of 10 Democratic-held Senate seats on the ballot this fall in states President Donald Trump won in 2016.

On Saturday, Barletta's campaign said it sent out recorded telephone calls of Trump criticizing Casey and reminding hundreds of thousands of registered Republicans why he supports Barletta "fully, strongly, and proudly".

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.

"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. Wallace, who has spent closely on the race, has fought allegations of carpetbagging over his transfer again to his residence state from Maryland after he reportedly was recruited to run.

Dwight Evans, in his first full term, will face Republican Bryan Leib in the November general election.

Judge refuses to dismiss ex-Trump aide Manafort's criminal case
He said Mueller didn't care about Manafort's alleged bank and tax fraud and wanted to use Manafort as a vehicle to get to Trump. She had previously thrown out a civil lawsuit Manafort filed against Mueller seeking to narrow his investigation.

Fischer, the incumbent, defeated four GOP challengers and will be the strong favorite to win re-election in deep-red Nebraska.

Farther west in OR, incumbent Democratic Gov. Kate Brown drew a pair of primary challengers but was expected to advance to the general election.

Trump states in the recording that Sen.

In Idaho, Rep. Raul Labrador - an influential member of the House Freedom Caucus - is one of three front-runners in a crowded gubernatorial primary. Casey is "Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi's guy, and he's been a disaster in the Senate". Butch Otter. Idaho is routinely ranked as among the most Republican states in the nation.

Barletta, 62, won his House seat during the Republican midterm wave of 2010, catapulted by the attention he received while mayor of Hazleton for attempting to use local laws to crack down on immigrants in the city who had entered the country illegally. Brown in 2016 became the first openly bisexual person to be elected governor of a state.

OR is among eight states where Democrats control the governorship and both houses of the state legislature. Little is endorsed by his boss, outgoing Republican Gov.

Buehler, who ran for secretary of state in 2012, was the most centrist of the Republican front-runners.

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