Rep. Lou Barletta wins GOP Senate primary in Pennsylvania, CNN projects

The state hosted contested primaries for lieutenant governor, and a slew of crowded U.S. House races following Pennsylvania's court-ordered redrawing of congressional maps.

In Pennsylvania, primary voters will decide the fate of President Donald Trump's pick for U.S. Senate.

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.

A redrawn congressional map and a string of House Republican retirements have given Democrats more reasons to be optimistic about Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania voters will select candidates for their new congressional maps for the first time.

Lincoln City Councilwoman Jane Raybould won the Democratic primary to try and unseat Republican Sen.

All told, Democrats nominated seven women for the House in Pennsylvania.

"I think it's great that we are finally doing something about gerrymandering and I hope this makes more people go out and vote because their votes actually count now", said Diane Dalto.

John Fetterman won the five-way Democratic Party primary race for lieutenant governor Tuesday, beating incumbent Mike Stack. Pat Meehan amid allegations he used taxpayer money to settle sexual harassment allegations by a former aide.

Barletta was an early backer of Trump - and Trump has backed Barletta, recording a robocall for him days ahead of the primary against state Rep. Jim Christiana. Bob Casey have faded recently.

Fitzpatrick, a former Special Assistant U.S. Attorney and Federal Bureau of Investigation supervisory special agent in California, first won the seat in 2016, taking it over from his brother, Mike, who retired after four terms.

Uehlinger said he wants to help President Donald Trump with controlling illegal immigration, reducing regulations and "draining the swamp" in Washington by cutting the power of the bureaucracy. Voters also decided the outcomes in contested primaries for lieutenant governor in both parties. But as is often the case with politics, things aren't that clear cut in the Keystone State - and the simple win-lose calculus of the vote may not be the whole equation. Notably, Trump's approval rating has sunk to just 39 percent in Pennsylvania, compared with 55 percent disapproving of the president's performance, according to an April Muhlenberg/Morning Call poll.

Butler County is now split into three different congressional districts.

Ashford, a former Republican, served one term in Congress as a Democrat before Republican Don Bacon beat him for re-election in 2016. In Erie County, where Republicans saw one of their most dramatic surges in 2016, Democrats cast 5,000 more votes than the GOP.

Eastman, 46, is arguing that Democrats have lost by not offering voters a distinct choice and is campaigning on devoutly Democratic themes such as single-payer government-run health insurance, gun control and reducing climate change. She says she voted for Republican Pearl Kim for Congress. North Carolina Rep. Robert Pittenger lost the primary to keep his own seat.

Democratic hopeful Tyler Davis, an emergency services instructor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, has said state budget cuts under Ricketts' tenure will end up hurting residents over the long term.

Outgoing Republican Gov. Butch Otter's seat is nearly ensured to stay in GOP hands in November.

Lt. Gov. Brad Little is seeking the GOP nomination, with Otter's endorsement, while Tommy Ahlquist, an emergency room doctor turned developer, hopes his outsider status carries him as it did IN businessman Mike Braun IN last week's GOP Senate primary. He now will face Democrat Paul Theobald, a hog farmer, historian and former administrator at Wayne State College who ran unopposed for his party's nomination.

The Democratic race is between state consultant Paulette Jordan, who has embraced extra progressive coverage positions and could be the state's first feminine governor and the nation's first Native American governor, and businessman A.J. Balukoff, who ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2014.

In Oregon, the race to observe would be the GOP gubernatorial main to tackle incumbent Democratic Governor Kate Brown.

OR is a heavily Democratic state, and Brown is favored to retain the governorship this fall.

  • Tracy Klein