Trump backs 2 successful US Senate nominees in primaries

The race for U.S. Senate is set with Congressman Lou Barletta winning the Republican primary

The four-term US representative emerged the victor in Tuesday's primary election, defeating state Rep. Jim Christiana of Beaver County.

But she faces a hard race: Idaho hasn't elected a Democratic governor since 1990, and the Republican Party now controls a supermajority on all federal, state and legislative seats.

Jim Christiana in Tuesday's primary to capture the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate.

Mr. Barletta, a four-term lawmaker and supporter of President Trump's tough immigration policies, easily defeated state Rep. Jim Christiana of Beaver County by a margin of 61 percent to 39 percent, with almost three-fourths of the votes counted.

Mr. Trump recorded a robocall on the campaign's final weekend, telling voters that he needs "my guy" Mr. Barletta to oust the liberal "disaster" Mr. Casey.

Democrats also picked Mary Gay Scanlon, a local school board member, in a packed primary in the 5th District, an area vacated by former GOP Rep. Patrick Meehan, where the Democrats are all but certain to make one of the 23 pickups they will need to take control of the House.

Pennsylvania state Rep. Rick Saccone, who lost a special election two months ago to Democrat Conor Lamb for a congressional seat, has now lost a two-way Republican primary for a different U.S. House seat.

"Trump has not been particularly successful in translating his own popularity with his base to voters from that base for other candidates", said University of Pittsburgh political scientist Kristin Kanthak.

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CNBC added that Casey - who's running unopposed Tuesday - is considered one of the safer senators in the group of 10, as Trump only narrowly won the Keystone State over Hillary Clinton.

Nebraska is a reliably Republican state. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., who beat four little-known challengers.

Several incumbent candidates who are seeking re-election, like Congressman Dwight Evans, have to fight for re-election in a new district because of the new map. Her Democratic opponent is Lincoln City Councilwoman Jane Raybould.

In the hotly contested Democratic primary for the Lehigh Valley House seat being vacated by retiring Republican Rep. Charlie Dent, former Allentown solicitor Susan Wild, who was backed by EMILY's List, claimed victory.

Pennsylvania could send at least three women Congress next year, breaking the all-male hold on the state's 18-member U.S. House delegation. The victor will face incumbent Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf in November. Butch Otter. Idaho is routinely ranked as among the most Republican states in the nation.

State Rep. Knute Buehler has emerged from a crowded primary to capture the Republican nomination for OR governor. Brown in 2016 became the first openly bisexual person to be elected governor of a state. Little is endorsed by his boss, outgoing Republican Gov.

OR is reliably Democratic.

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