One in, one out of GOP field for Pa. U.S. Senate seat

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 9, 2017 11:27 AM

FILE PHOTO: Joseph Vodvarka (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

(Harrisburg) -- One candidate is leaving the Republican field seeking the nomination to challenge Pennsylvania's two-term Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Casey, while another is getting into race. 

Four-time candidate Joe Vodvarka says he's running as a Republican, after losing three straight primaries as a Democrat.

He's a semiretired owner of a Pittsburgh-area spring manufacturing shop. 

Also in the race are Republican midstate Congressman Lou Barletta, state Representative Jim Christiana and Libertarian Dale Kerns.

Casey is seeking a third six-year term in 2018.

Dropping out of the Senate campaigin is real estate investor Jeff Bartos of Montgomery County.

He says he'll run instead for lieutenant governor on a ticket with state Senator Scott Wagner of York County -- who is hoping to challenge Democratic Governor Tom Wolf's 

re-election bid.

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