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Barletta, now a congressman, was heavily favored over state Rep. Jim Christiana to become the Republican challenger for Democratic Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) on Tuesday - but his margin of victory wasn't exactly awe-inspiring.

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

That hasn't happened in this race, where Trump recorded a campaign robocall over the weekend for Barletta.

Barletta, 62, was an early supporter of Trump and endorsed his presidential bid in March 2016 - before Trump took Pennsylvania's primary election, CNBC noted.

Christiana has been a State Representative since 2008, representing the 15th District and has said that both Barletta and Casey have been unable to control the nation's debt and deficit.

Casey campaign manager M.E. Smith released a statement on Barletta's nomination saying the race will be a contest "between a candidate who fights for working families and a candidate who fights for the corporate interests that stack the deck against them".

A redrawn congressional map and a string of House Republican retirements gave Democrats more reasons to be optimistic about Pennsylvania.

Lamb, who is running in the new 17th District, has no Democratic primary opponent and will meet Republican U.S. Rep Keith Rothfus, who now represents the old 12th District, in November.

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Another Democratic primary to watch is the new 1st District, represented by Republican Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick - who faces his own challenge from lawyer Dean Malik.

In Idaho, Rep. Raul Labrador - an influential member of the House Freedom Caucus - is one of three front-runners in a crowded gubernatorial primary. 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. Barletta also is endorsed by the state Republican Party, the network added. Guy Reschenthaler in the Republican primary.

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.

"For more than a century, the reelection rate for incumbent senators of the party not in the White House is 91 percent", G. Terry Madonna and Michael L.Young wrote in a February edition of Politically Uncorrected.

State Rep. Knute Buehler has emerged from a crowded primary to capture the Republican nomination for OR governor.

However, the overload of open seats has resulted in several oversized Democratic primary fields - such as in the new 7th District, where six Democrats are running to replace Republican Rep. Charlie Dent, who has stepped down.

Barletta did have kind words for his fellow Republican Christiana, saying the two had exchanged well wishes, and that his opponent offered to help him in the general election campaign.