Barletta defeated state Rep. Jim Christiana in the Republican primary on Tuesday, earning a general election race against Pennsylvania's senior senator.
As for Senator Casey, he put out a statement saying this is a race between a USA senator who stands up to President Trump when he is wrong versus a candidate who thinks President Trump can do no wrong. Last week, Trump urged GOP Senate primary voters to support Rep. Jim Renacci in OH and oppose former coal company executive Don Blankenship in West Virginia. These results are unlikely to calm their nerves.
Barletta was a Trump supporter before the 2016 presidential nomination was settled.
Barletta has lagged in the fundraising race, collecting almost $1.3 million in 2018's first quarter and ending with $1.6 million on hand, compared to Casey's almost $10 million on hand. But strategists in both parties believe Casey, who has stockpiled almost $10 million for the campaign, has the advantage.
Democrats' path to a possible House majority starts with several seats in the Philadelphia suburbs, and the party will pick its candidates there in Tuesday's primary.
Democrats are expected to benefit from a recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision that withdrew numerous state's congressional districts.
Scott Hutchinson (R-21) for a meet-and-greet as part of his campaign running in the primaries for U.S. Senate.
Barletta and Republicans like him across the country are taking a different tack than Democrats did in 2014 when, aware that the president's party tends to lose seats in midterms, they distanced themselves from Barack Obama.
And in Oregon, Republicans are choosing their candidate to take on Democratic Gov. Kate Brown in the fall. The 58-year-old Scranton native is the son of the late former governor, Robert P. Casey, and is possibly the best-known political name in Pennsylvania.
Trump states in the recording that Sen.
Casey is one of 10 Democratic senators vying for re-election in states that Trump won in the 2016 presidential election - which The Associated Press said puts a "target" on Casey's back for Republicans.
In Idaho, a competitive Republican primary for governor featured three leading candidates: Rep. Raúl Labrador, a founding member of the hard-right House Freedom Caucus; Lt. Gov. Brad Little, who had the support of outgoing Gov. C.L.
Casey was first elected to the Senate in 2006. In March, Democrat Conor Lamb won a special election in a Pittsburgh-area district where Trump beat Clinton by 20 percentage points.
Whereas Republicans centered on primaries for statewide workplace, Democrats have been maintaining a detailed eye on races they see as key of their efforts to win again the Home of Representatives.