What to Watch for in Tonight's Pennsylvania Primaries

Lucy Bush
May 16, 2018

Voters will be able to cast ballots in Pennsylvania's primary until 10:30 p.m.

Pennsylvania is a must-win state for Democrats if they want to take back the House, CBS Pittsburgh money and politics editor Jon Delano told CBSN Tuesday.

Republican Rick Saccone - who lost a high-profile special election earlier this year in the old 18th District to Democrat Conor Lamb - lost again on Tuesday.

In Nebraska, the marquee race is within the state's 2nd Congressional District, which Hillary Clinton narrowly misplaced to Donald Trump within the 2016 election. "If these results hold, all of Nancy Pelosi and the DCCC's efforts to put their thumb on the scale couldn't save Ashford - now every establishment Democrat in a contested primary has reason to be very nervous", National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Jack Pandol said in a statement.

U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta had paid little attention to his Republican rival, state Rep. Jim Christiana, during the primary campaign. His victory sets up a showdown with two-term Democratic Sen. Trump asked Barletta to run for Senate and is expected to campaign for him. Notably, Trump's approval rating has sunk to just 39 percent in Pennsylvania, compared with 55 percent disapproving of the president's performance, according to an April Muhlenberg/Morning Call poll. Republicans control the Senate, 51-49, and defeating Casey would give Republicans one more pro-Trump vote to help advance the president's agenda. "They say I can't beat Bob Casey, and I'm going to beat Bob Casey". 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. Casey is a strong critic of the president.

Barletta, who was elected in the tea party wave of 2010, has taken a hard line on immigration in the Senate.

Fischer won election in 2012 by almost 16 percentage points. Split time zones have some polls closing in the state at 10 p.m. EDT, but most close at 11 p.m. ET. It left the state with more primary candidates in the hunt Tuesday than at any point since 1984.

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Both Mango and Ellsworth were first-time candidates from suburban Pittsburgh. Votes will be held in Idaho, Nebraska and OR, but it is in Pennsylvania, where Democrats are looking to make major inroads in November, where the attention will be focused.

Democrat Rep. Matthew Cartwright may face a stiff challenge from Republican investment banker John Chrin in the 8th District in northeastern Pennsylvania.

The Braddock mayor's victory means he will run on a ticket with Gov. Tom Wolf in the fall. He is favored to win a second term in November.

Fetterman had made a failed bid in 2016 for the U.S. Senate. Stack had been dogged by reports that he and his wife mistreated state employees.

Three incumbent House Democrats from Pennsylvania have turned back primary challenges.

Dwight Evans, in his first full term, will face Republican Bryan Leib in the November general election.

On the Republican side, Dan David ran unopposed.

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Despite a packed Primary Election. voter turnout has been low lately.

Lawyer and education advocate Mary Gay Scanlon has won the crowded primary to be the Democratic candidate in Pennsylvania's newly drawn fifth district - a seat many believe is now safe territory for Democrats. There, they are hoping to pick up a chunk of the 23 seats they need to win the House majority. Deb Fischer, a tough prospect in overwhelmingly conservative Nebraska.

Jordan says her roots helped encourage her political aspirations. Her primary challengers were Jack Heidel, a retired math professor from Omaha; Dennis Frank Macek, a writer and retired air conditioning technician from Lincoln; Jeffrey Lynn Stein, a professional photographer from Omaha; and Lincoln businessman Todd Watson.

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The messy Democratic primary showcased the competing factions the party had to overcome as it tries to flip such districts.

Evnen has pitched himself as a conservative who supports voter identification laws, which lawmakers have not passed.

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