Staunch Trump supporter Rep Lou Barletta has won the Republican nomination for the US Senate in Pennsylvania on a night of primaries across the country.
Barletta led his rival, state Rep Jim Christiana, by 112,000 votes with more than 80 percent of the precincts reporting on Tuesday night.
He will next face off against Democratic Sen Bob Casey, who has held the seat for two terms.
Barletta focused his campaign on Casey rather than Christiana, and on Tuesday promised to appeal to the Democrats who voted for Donald Trump.
Staunch Trump supporter Rep Lou Barletta (pictured after his victory) has won the Republican nomination for the US Senate in Pennsylvania on a night of primaries across the country
‘If you are a Democrat or an independent who voted for Donald Trump, you cannot vote for Bob Casey,’ Barletta said during his victory speech, according to Fox News.
‘[Casey] is going to stop every single thing that you voted for and the agenda that this country is on and the progress that we’re making in America today.’
Barletta, a former small-city mayor who first got national notice for attempting to pass local laws to combat illegal immigration, supported Trump before he received the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
The president rewarded Barletta with early support in the Senate race.
That included recorded telephone calls last week, in which Trump declared he backed Barletta ‘fully, strongly, and proudly’.
Nebraska Sen Deb Fischer, who was also backed by Trump, likewise found victory on Tuesday night.
Barletta supported Trump (pictured together in January 2018) before he even received the 2016 presidential nomination
Nebraska Sen Deb Fischer, who was also backed by Trump, likewise found victory on Tuesday
The incumbent defeated four GOP challengers and will be the strong favorite to win re-election in deep-red Nebraska.
Some of Fischer’s primary opponents had argued she wasn’t conservative enough, but Fischer received endorsements from a majority of the state’s elected Republican officials, as well as major farm and business groups.
Before being elected to the Senate, Fischer was a rancher and state legislator.
Early Tuesday afternoon, Trump tweeted: ‘Nebraska – make sure you get out to the polls and VOTE for Deb Fischer today!’
Lincoln City Councilwoman and grocery store executive Jane Raybould won the Democratic nomination and will face off against Fischer in November.
Trump (pictured with Fischer during a meeting with GOP senators in December 2017) tweeted his support for Fischer on Tuesday
And Nebraska Gov Pete Ricketts easily won the Republican nomination to seek a second term in November.
He will face off against Nebraska state Sen Bob Krist, who won the Democratic nomination on Tuesday.
Meanwhile in Pennsylvania, Mary Gay Scanlon won a 10-way Democratic primary in the southeastern 5th Congressional District.
The district is likely to flip to Democrats following a court-ordered redrawing of the state’s congressional district boundaries.
Scanlon is a longtime public interest lawyer and chair of the pro-bono committee at a Philadelphia-based law firm.
Meanwhile in Pennsylvania, Mary Gay Scanlon won a 10-way Democratic primary in southeastern Pennsylvania’s 5th Congressional District
John Fetterman (pictured) won the five-way Democratic Party primary race for lieutenant governor Tuesday, beating incumbent Mike Stack
She will face Republican Pearl Kim, a former state and county prosecutor, in November’s general election in the now-Democratic-leaning district.
The seat is open following the resignation of Republican Rep Pat Meehan amid allegations he used taxpayer money to settle sexual harassment allegations by a former aide.
Scanlon is one of three women Pennsylvania could send to Congress next year, breaking the all-male hold on the state’s 18-member US House delegation.
Madeleine Dean won a three-way Democratic primary on Tuesday night for a suburban Philadelphia seat where Democrats are heavily favored in November.
And Chrissy Houlahan is the uncontested Democratic nominee for another suburban Philadelphia seat where she is likewise heavily favored.
Stack (pictured) became the first holder of the office to lose in a primary election on Tuesday
Pennsylvania state Rep Rick Saccone lost a two-way Republican primary barely two months after losing to Democrat Conor Lamb in a special election for a different US House seat
Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor became the first holder of the office to lose in a primary election on Tuesday night.
John Fetterman won the five-way Democratic Party primary race for lieutenant governor on Tuesday, beating incumbent Mike Stack.
Last year Gov Tom Wolf ordered an investigation into the treatment of state employees by Stack and his wife and stripped Stack of state police protection.
Wolf will be challenged by Pennsylvania state senator and waste-hauling millionaire Scott Wagner, who spent more than $10million on his campaign.
Pennsylvania state Rep Rick Saccone lost a two-way Republican primary in a newly drawn congressional district in Pennsylvania, barely two months after losing to Democrat Conor Lamb in a special election for a different US House seat.
In Idaho, former state Rep Paulette Jordan won the Democratic primary for governor. She is the first woman to become the Democratic gubernatorial nominee in Idaho
Saccone lost Tuesday’s 14th Congressional District primary election to state Sen Guy Reschenthaler for the open seat in a heavily Republican district.
Lamb beat Saccone in a district that President Donald Trump won in 2016 by about 20 percentage points.
The president campaigned in the district twice and sent several tweets on Saccone’s behalf.
Oregon state Rep Knute Buehler won the GOP gubernatorial primary, besting a crowded field vying to compete against incumbent Democrat Kate Brown in November.
Buehler, who ran for secretary of state in 2012, was the most centrist of the Republican front-runners.
In Idaho, former state Rep Paulette Jordan won the Democratic primary for governor.
Jordan, 38, is the first woman to become the Democratic gubernatorial nominee in the state.
If she wins the general election, Jordan would not only be the first woman to serve as Idaho governor but also the first Native American woman to serve in that position in any state.