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Politico: Pennsylvania’s Senate race should draw national attention

Jeff Bartos, a real estate developer, withdrew from the race. Libertarian Party member Dale Kerns is also running. A news release from the Barletta campaign said it’s no surprise Pennsylvania’s Senate contest is being touted. “Barletta announced his ...

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By Bill O’Boyle - [email protected] | January 4th, 2018 10:39 pm ❮ ❯ Casey ❮ ❯ Barletta var myIndex = 0; carousel(); function carousel() { var i; var x = document.getElementsByClassName("mySlides"); for (i = 0; i x.length) {myIndex = 1} x[myIndex-1].style.display = "block"; setTimeout(carousel, 15000); // Change image every 10 seconds } var slideIndex = 1; showDivs(slideIndex); function plusDivs(n) { showDivs(slideIndex += n); } function showDivs(n) { var i; var x = document.getElementsByClassName("mySlides"); if (n > x.length) {slideIndex = 1} if (n Senate.U.SRepLou Barletta, R-Hazleton, is running for the Republican nomination to earn the right to run against Democrat U.SSenBob Casey of Scranton, who is seeking his third six-year term.Barletta’s U.SSenate campaign released a statement Thursday saying the former Hazleton mayor, now in his fourth term in Congress, continues to gain momentum, and with it, national attention.The Barletta campaign announced that earlier this week, Politico named Barletta a “must-watch candidate” in the country for 2018.Politico had this to say:“With college-educated voters turning against the president, it’s unlikely Barletta (or any Republican with Trump’s backing) would be able to follow (U.SSenPat) Toomey’s suburban path to victoryInstead, he’ll have to convince white voters who have voted for McGinty, Casey and other Democrats because of economic issues to side with him on cultural ones.”Barletta said he realizes the race will be one of the most watched races in the country because nowhere will you find a bigger contrast between two candidates.“I’m going to fight for the president’s agenda, which the people of Pennsylvania voted for, while SenCasey is doing everything he can to stop it,” Barletta said“For example, I voted to give tax cuts to the people of PennsylvaniaSenCasey voted to take more of people’s money and send it to Washington.”Max Steele, Pennsylvania Democratic Party spokesman, responded by saying that before Barletta makes it to the general election, he has to win his Republican primary.“Between dodging debates, lackluster fundraising, and a lack of any real campaigning, it’s no wonder why Pennsylvania’s Republican leaders are backing one of Congressman Barletta’s GOP primary rivals,” Steele said.Also running for the GOP nomination for Senate are Jim Christiana, a state representative from Brighton; Delaware County businessman Paul Addis; Cynthia Ayers; Paul DeLong; Bobby Lawrence; and Joseph VodvarkaJeff Bartos, a real estate developer, withdrew from the raceLibertarian Party member Dale Kerns is also running.A news release from the Barletta campaign said it’s no surprise Pennsylvania’s Senate contest is being touted.“Barletta announced his Senate candidacy in late August of 2017 and in only one month brought his cash on hand to $1 million,” the release stated“During a visit to Pennsylvania in mid-October, President Donald Trump offered strong support for Barletta’s Senate bid, saying that Barletta is going to ‘win big’ and has a ‘tremendous surge’ of support.”In November, the entire Pennsylvania Republican congressional delegation endorsed Barletta, stating in a letter that Barletta “is a straight shooter who is not afraid to stand up and fight for the people he represents.”Casey has been a vocal and staunch opponent of Trump’s agenda, going so far as to call for the president to resign last month — a move for which Casey was immediately criticized by members of his own party, including former Pennsylvania GovEd Rendell. .neFileBlock { margin-bottom: 20px; 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