An Associated Press story is asserting that Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Hazelton) has decided to enter the US Senate campaign and will make a public announcement shortly. Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Butler/Erie), another House member who had been reportedly looking at the statewide campaign, has decided to remain in the House. He announced yesterday his intention to seek a fifth term next year. So far, state Reps. Steve Saccone and Jim Christiana are in the Senate Republican primary, but have raised little money. Businessmen Jeff Bartos and Paul Addis are also announced candidates. Mr. Bartos has raised the most campaign capital so far, holding more than $1 million in his account. The eventual Republican nominee will challenge Sen. Bob Casey Jr. (D), who has announced for a third term.
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