Mr. Casey, the first Democrat to win re-election to the Senate from Pennsylvania since 1962, ran unopposed in the primary.
Pennsylvania is a key battleground in the fight for control of the House and the Senate. Barletta's win, which was expected, sets up a general election clash between a Trump ally against an increasingly vocal Trump critic. Bob Casey in November. In March, Saccone narrowly misplaced a U.S. Home particular election to Democrat Conor Lamb within the outdated 18th District, which overwhelmingly voted for Trump in 2016. Voters who identify as Democrats also outnumber their Republican counterparts by more than 9 percentage points.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court added another wrinkle to the race in February, when it redrew the district boundaries in a way many observers considered favorable to Democrats.
Democrats are hoping to pick up four or more of those House seats, a large chunk of their goal of capturing 23 seats nationwide to reclaim the majority.
Voters throughout the region hit the polls on Primary Day in Pennsylvania as matchups are now being decided for the midterm elections in November. In addition to Pennsylvania, Nebraska, Idaho and OR held nominating contests. The forty-fifth president also noted Barletta's support for pro-American immigration reform as well as his vote for the recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
Social worker and political newcomer Kara Eastman has won the Democratic nomination for Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District. The victor will face Rep. Don Bacon, R. Little is endorsed by his boss, outgoing Republican Gov. Wealthy philanthropist Scott Wallace and military veteran Rachel Reddick were the leading Democratic candidates heading into Tuesday's vote.
Barletta has run for months as the GOP's presumptive nominee, targeting his criticism toward Casey. He will face Rep. Keith Rothfus, R, in November. The victor will face incumbent Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf in November.
However, the overload of open seats has resulted in several oversized Democratic primary fields - such as in the new 7th District, where six Democrats are running to replace Republican Rep. Charlie Dent, who has stepped down.
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.
Farther west in OR, incumbent Democratic Gov. Kate Brown drew a pair of primary challengers but was expected to advance to the general election.