Pennsylvania crucial to Democratic hopes for winning House majority

Phillip Aronoff

Phillip Aronoff

Pennsylvania Democrats will have at least three women favored to win House races in November after they won primary contests Tuesday, which could diversify the nation's largest all-male congressional delegation.

At his election night party in his hometown of Hazleton, Barletta appealed to the voters who helped Trump win the state in 2016's presidential election. Pennsylvania is a critical part of the Democrats' calculus for getting the 23 seats they need to win back control of the House, but there are ideological fights within the party that will have an impact on the general election. The Keystone State is vital to Democratic hopes of retaking the Home and that occasion hopes their feminine candidates will play a giant position in that effort. "That's creating as many as seven opportunities for the Democrats to pick up seats now held by Republicans, of which three of them are held by Republicans".

Julie Nelson was at Manoa Presbyterian Church in Havertown Tuesday and says she voted for Democrat Greg Vitali for U.S. House District 5.

Pennsylvania hosted 21 contested primary races for the state's 18 U.S. House seats, the most since 1984.

For Democrats, the primaries were a test of whether the progressive vision embodied by the Sen.

In Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District, a pickup opportunity for Democrats, former congressman Brad Ashford, D, was trying to make a comeback. He's backed by a group with ties to the centrist "No Labels" group, but is a target of progressives over his stances on abortion, illegal immigration and a series of now-deleted tweets that included praise for President Donald Trump. Liberal champion Bernie Sanders and the Congressional Black Caucus endorsed Greg Edwards, while the Democratic women's group EMILY's List was behind the eventual victor, Wild. Voters also decided the outcomes in contested primaries for lieutenant governor in both parties. The GOP race between Lehigh County Commission Chair Marty Nothstein, a former Olympic gold medalist in cycling, and former Lehigh County Commissioner Dean Browning is too close to call.

Scott Wallace won the nomination in another district northeast of Philadelphia that Democrats hope to turn. But, Butler County is only one piece of the five-county district.

According to one report, the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee has booked $11.6 million in advertising this fall in the hugely expensive Philadelphia and Pittsburgh broadcast markets in an attempt to head-off the much heralded "blue wave".

Mary Gay Scanlon has won a 10-way Democratic primary in a southeastern Pennsylvania congressional district that's likely to flip to the Democrats following a court-ordered redrawing of the state's political maps. Pat Meehan amid allegations he used taxpayer money to settle sexual harassment allegations by a former aide. Scott Wagner is favored to win.

State Rep. Madeleine Dean will also be a front-runner, competing in the open Pennsylvania 4th District, which Clinton carried by 20 points. Final polls close at 11 p.m. ET in Idaho, which crosses two time zones.

A redrawn congressional map and a string of House Republican retirements have given Democrats more reasons to be optimistic about Pennsylvania. He was defeated in the GOP primary for the new 15th District by state Sen. Brown became governor in 2015 upon the resignation of Gov. John Kitzhaber following an ethics scandal, and she won a special election in 2016.

At the time, many Republican insiders thought their best Senate nominee for 2018 might have been U.S. Rep.

A trio of open seats prompted a plethora of candidates to enter the congressional races. Bob Casey, who is seeking a third term in November. With all precincts reporting, she leads by only 1,126 votes.

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Barletta is a favorite of Trump, whom Barletta endorsed in 2016.

Eastman defeated former Rep. Brad Ashford in Tuesday's primary election with a campaign that cast her as a champion of liberal ideals, including supporting a single-payer health care system. Ashford once opposed banning assault weapons, but he has since changed his mind and had been endorsed by former Arizona Rep.

Ashford, a former Republican, served one term in Congress as a Democrat before Republican Don Bacon beat him for re-election in 2016. At 10 p.m., the Associated Press has declared Scott Wagner the victor of the Republican primary race in Pennsylvania for governor.

Outgoing Republican Gov. Butch Otter's seat is nearly ensured to stay in GOP hands in November.

Congressman Raul Labrador is one of three GOP candidates for governor in Idaho, a state so heavily Republican that the primary goes a long way to determining the general election.

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