Trump backer wins GOP nod to take on Sen. Casey in Pennsylvania

Four-term U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump who first got national notice as a small-city mayor for his attempted crackdown on illegal immigration, on Tuesday won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania.

Casey, who was unopposed for the Democratic nomination, has opposed Trump's Supreme Court pick, many of his highest-profile nominees and the GOP tax-cutting law while emerging as an ardent Trump critic.

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Polls close in wide-open Pennsylvania primaries for House, Senate

Polls have closed in primary elections in Pennsylvania, a state Democrats see as key to their efforts to win back the House of Representatives in November’s midterm elections.

Pennsylvania is home to a closely-watched Republican primary for U.S. Senate between U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta and state Rep. Jim Christiana. President Trump has endorsed Barletta to face incumbent Democratic Sen. Bob Casey in November’s general election, though Fox News’ current projections show the seat is likely to remain in Democratic hands.

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Trump is right -- McConnell should shut down Democratic obstruction in the Senate

That’s rumored to be the pitch from President Trump when he meets with Senate Republicans Tuesday, and the president is correct.

The so-called “generic ballot’ for the November elections has shown the Democratic lead shrinking in recent months, as the Trump White House touts the booming economy and efforts to level the field for American companies trading overseas. At the end of last year, voters preferred Democrats over the GOP by a margin of 13 points, according to Real Clear Politics.

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The five midterm primaries to watch Tuesday night

“Martha is an incredible candidate for the Senate who has served your country in the military and in the United State Congress," Brewer told NBC. "She has a record of doing her homework, gets the jobs done and is accessible to the public—she can be trusted!”

Still, there are three primaries with implications for the control of Congress — as well as another two with interesting storylines — that we’ll be watching.

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