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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Lou Barletta announces challenge against Sen. Bob Casey

Urged to run by Trump, Rep. Lou Barletta announces challenge against Sen. Bob Casey
Updated: August 29, 2017 — 9:04 AM EDT

by Staff & Wire Report

HARRISBURG —  U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, an early supporter of President Trump, has announced his candidacy to unseat U.S. Sen. Bob Casey.

The Republican congressman released a campaign video on Tuesday announcing his run for the seat held by Casey, a two-term Democrat.

Barletta’s entry into the race was widely expected after the AP reported last month that he had relayed his plans to GOP officials and activists.

Barletta, the former mayor of the small Pennsylvania city of Hazleton, rose to political prominence as a foe of illegal immigration. Trump had urged him to run for the Senate.

“Bob Casey is building up a war chest bankrolled by the most extreme liberal special interest groups in the country. Pennsylvania deserves better than an obstructionist senator,”  Barletta says in the video.  “But I want to offer Pennsylvania more than just being a better option than Bob Casey. I want to be the type of senator that you can be proud of, confident that I will always put Pennsylvania’s interests first, and assured that I will work relentlessly to give Pennsylvania a strong voice in Washington.”

In a statement, Pennsylvania Democratic Party spokesman Max Steele highlighted Barletta’s support of efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.

“If Congressman Lou Barletta thinks voting to raise health care costs for seniors, gut protections for those with preexisting conditions, and send premiums skyrocketing will earn him a promotion, he’s in for a rude awakening,” Steele said. “Congressman Barletta is out of step with Pennsylvania values and in the pocket of D.C. Republicans and wealthy special interests. That’s why he’s supported privatizing Social Security, voucherizing Medicare and a health care age tax for older Pennsylvanians.”

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Christopher Dolan / Wilkes-Barre Citizens' Voice
U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta with Donald Trump at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre during the presidential campaign. 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Voting dates for Pennsylvania for 2017

Pennsylvania’s polls are open from 7 am to 8 pm on Election Day.

2017 Election Dates

  • Primary Election: Tuesday, May 16, 2017
  • General Election: Tuesday, November 7, 2017

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Current Pennsylvania Candidates for U.S. Senate 2018 Midterm Elections

U.S. Senate Candidates Thus Far 2018 Midterms
Either declared or filed with FEC:

Democratic primary
Bob Casey, incumbent U.S. Senator

Republican primary
Jeff Bartos, real estate developer
Jim Christiana, State Representative
Rick Saccone, State Representative
Andrew Shecktor, Berwick Borough Councilman

Libertarian Party
Dale Kerns, Former Swarthmore Borough Councilman

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

State lawmaker joins 2018 GOP primary field for U.S. Senate

Times Leader
April 12th, 2017 - 9:47 am - updated: April 12th, 2017 - 10:06 am.
Staff and wire reports

A five-term state representative from western Pennsylvania is the third Republican to say he’ll seek the nomination next year to take on Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey.

According to an Associated Press story, Rep. Jim Christiana said he’ll emphasize his work bringing people together, developing the state’s economy and making government more transparent.

The 33-year-old lives outside his hometown of Beaver, where he was elected to the borough council as a 21-year-old college student.

Other announced Republican candidates are Allegheny County state Rep. Rick Saccone and Berwick borough councilman Andrew Shecktor.

Casey plans to seek a third six-year term next year. He’s a Scranton native and the son of the former state governor with the same name.

Next year’s primary and general election races for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania are likely to be very costly.

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Senate Race 2018 information from AP

Ex-Trump Delegate From Pennsylvania to Run for US Senate

Another Republican is in the running to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey in next year's election.

March 1, 2017, at 10:49 a.m. 

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Another Republican is in the running to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey in next year's election.

Andrew Shecktor, who ran successfully last year as a delegate for Donald Trump to the Republican National Convention, said he will formally announce his campaign for the Republican nomination in the coming days. Shecktor has filed candidacy paperwork with the Federal Election Commission.

The 60-year-old Shecktor also is a Berwick borough councilman in northeastern Pennsylvania. This would be his first race for statewide office.

Also running is Republican state Rep. Rick Saccone of suburban Pittsburgh.

In the meantime, some members of Congress and top state lawmakers are gauging their chances against Casey or considering running for governor next year against Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.