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There were also are three special elections to fill three House vacancies. Robert Casey Jr., who has stockpiled almost $10 million for the race.

Fitzpatrick, a former Special Assistant U.S. Attorney and Federal Bureau of Investigation supervisory special agent in California, first won the seat in 2016, taking it over from his brother, Mike, who retired after four terms. Trump asked Barletta to run for Senate, and the president is expected to visit Pennsylvania to campaign for him. Bob Casey in the fall.

A Homeland Security official has met with Pennsylvania officials to discuss election security as voters choose Republican challengers to Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and U.S. Sen. With almost 90 percent of precincts reporting, Democrats had cast almost 100,000 more votes than Republicans. It appears Dinicola will take the race and face Kelly this November. Also contributing: Democrats' anti-Trump fervor and a Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling that found the state's congressional maps to be unconstitutionally gerrymandered to favor Republicans.

Idaho and OR also voted Tuesday.

The president used Twitter to urge Nebraska Republicans to "make sure you get out to the polls and VOTE" for Sen.

Fischer easily defeated four GOP primary challengers and enjoys a substantial fundraising advantage and statewide name recognition. She says "that was a wasted vote" because it will be going Democratic.

Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli is the most conservative Democrat on the ballot. The victor will face Rep. Don Bacon, R.

King ran without opposition in the primary. He is favored to win a second term in November.

Democrats are targeting the Omaha-based 2nd District in Nebraska, and they're hoping for a rematch between GOP Rep. Don Bacon and former Democratic Rep. Brad Ashford.

State Rep. Madeleine Dean won the Democratic nomination in the open Pennsylvania 4th District, where she'll be the heavy favorite this fall in a district Clinton carried by 20 points. In another district Democrats are aggressively contesting, they nominated Susan Wild.

A number of changes are coming to Southeastern Pennsylvania's congressional representation.

Smith defeated Republican candidates Kirk Penner, an Aurora small business executive; Larry Lee Scott Bolinger, a property manager and author from Alliance; and Grand Island farmer Arron Kowalski. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who involved himself in several of Tuesday's contests.

The Democrat Party has a runoff for Texas Governor between Lupe Valdez and Andrew White.

Lincoln City Councilwoman Jane Raybould wins Democratic Senate nomination in Nebraska.

Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello withdrew from the race after the new districts were announced. He lost to state Sen. Guy Reschenthaler in the primary. He will face Rep. Keith Rothfus, R, in November.

Democrat U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb and Republican U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus won their respecitve primaries for the new 17th District in Allegheny and Beaver counties. But the math is ultimately simple: A victor will emerge from each packed primary, so overall, "the numbers of women will winnow out in the primaries" as the cycle rolls on to November.

Lt. Gov. Mike Stack fought for another four years in office after a first term in which he had a chilly relationship with Wolf.

Wolf a year ago ordered an investigation into the treatment of state employees by Stack and his wife and stripped Stack of state police protection.

Republicans have an opportunity to flip a seat, too. She has the backing of much of the state's political establishment, but other candidates could also prevail.

Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia are all seen as key to the 2018 Senate election landscape as states where Trump won in 2016 and Democratic senators are seeking re-election this year.

Tuesday, voters are picking the candidates who will advance to the November general election.

Ricketts enters the general election with more than $1.3 million in campaign cash at his disposal for the general election, far outpacing all other gubernatorial candidates. Casey had more than $9.9 million.

The Democratic race is between state consultant Paulette Jordan, who has embraced extra progressive coverage positions and could be the state's first feminine governor and the nation's first Native American governor, and businessman A.J. Balukoff, who ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2014.

With most of the vote yet to be tallied, Little led the pack late Tuesday.

A court-ordered recast of the state's congressional districts helped spur unusual interest among political candidates. Jordan led with almost a fifth of the vote tallied. He says he's seen people are hurting around the state and he wants to help Pennsylvanians realize their potential.

Former state Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser cruised to a relatively easy Republican primary win in the seat that covers most of the territory now represented by U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, who is running for the Senate.

OR is among eight states where Democrats control the governorship and both houses of the state legislature.

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