Trump celebrates Barletta, Fischer primary wins

Written by The Associated Press | May 16, 2018 1:10 PM

U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., Republican primary candidate for U.S. Senate, waves to supporters after speaking during an election night results party, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Hazleton, Pa. Barletta, a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump who first got national notice as a small-city mayor for his attempted crackdown on illegal immigration, on Tuesday won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

(Washington) -- President Donald Trump is congratulating two of his favored candidates, Lou Barletta in Pennsylvania and Deb Fischer in Nebraska, who won their U.S. Senate primaries.

In a pair of tweets Wednesday morning, Trump said Barletta will "represent his people well - like they haven't been represented in many years."

On Fischer, Trump said the "people of Nebraska have seen what a great job she is doing - and it showed up at the ballot box!"

Barletta, currently a congressman, was heavily favored over state Rep. Jim Christiana to become the Republican challenger for Democratic Sen. Bob Casey, who is seeking a third term in November. The president is expected to visit Pennsylvania to campaign for him.

Fischer, the incumbent, defeated four GOP challengers and will be the strong favorite to win re-election in deep-red Nebraska. Her Democratic opponent is Lincoln City Councilwoman Jane Raybould.

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