Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Pennsylvania the focus of Democratic, GOP primary races Tuesday

Pennsylvania the focus of Democratic, GOP primary races Tuesday

Pennsylvania primary voters will also decide the fate of President Donald Trump's pick for U.S. Senate.

In Idaho's primary election voters must select a Republican, Democrat or nonpartisan ballot.

Democrats could benefit in this key battleground state with a new congressional map, as well as open seats in races that will help predict the party's chances in November. That's more than any time since 1984, when Pennsylvania had 23 seats in the House.

A more interesting contest comes in the northeastern district being vacated by retiring Representative Charlie Dent, one of the few remaining moderate Republicans in the House. The new maps are generally more favorable to Democrats than Republicans, but Tuesday's election results will make that even more clear.

Ten Democrats are running in suburban Philadelphia's 5th District, where Rep. Patrick Meehan resigned last month amid allegations he sexually harassed a former employee and where Clinton also beat Trump.

Republican incumbent Sen. Deb Fischer will face a Democratic challenger in the fall - possibly Jane Raybould, a Lincoln City Council member who experts believe would contend for the seat in November if she wins her party's primary Tuesday. Bob Casey Jr.is unopposed for his party's nomination.

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Earlier this month, Sanders, who sought the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, visited Allentown to campaign with Edwards, drawing a crowd of more than 1,000. Renacci won and Blankenship lost.

PENNSYLVANIA'S DEMOCRATIC LOVE: Pennsylvania is a key component of the Democrats' House strategy this year. Split time zones have some polls closing in the state at 10 p.m. EDT, but most close at 11 p.m. ET.The DCCC hopes Nebraska Democrats pick former Rep. Brad Ashford to take on GOP Rep. Don Bacon in the purple Omaha-based 2nd District.

Former U.S. Rep. Brad Ashford hopes to win back his seat after Bacon defeated him in 2016, but political newcomer Kara Eastman has presented herself as a progressive alternative to the centrist Ashford.

Four Republicans - Jon Plumer, Colleen Locke-Murphy, Darren Schroeder and Spencer Zimmerman - are vying in the Assembly primary.

Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador hopes the trend ends there.

Barletta is heavily favored over state Rep. Jim Christiana to become the Republican challenger for Democratic Sen. Butch Otter is not running for re-election.

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