As expected, four-term US Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Hazelton) yesterday formally announced that he will run for the Senate next year. The Congressman joins a crowded four-candidate field, but he now will be considered the favorite to win the nomination. President Trump had publicly called upon him to run. Should he be successful in winning next April’s GOP primary, the Congressman will then face two-term Sen. Bob Casey Jr. (D). The Senator begins the race as a clear favorite for re-election, but Rep. Barletta’s presence in the field gives the Republicans a viable and tested challenger candidate. Back in 2010, Mr. Barletta, running for the third time, unseated 26-year incumbent Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D).
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