President Trump backed two Senate nominees in Nebraska and Pennsylvania. These states were among the four states that held primary elections on Tuesday.
Three months ago, a court fight in Pennsylvania ended with redrawn districts. The primary election started amid the chaos. Rick Saccone, a Republican, lost for the second time in two months in two U.S. House districts.
President’s Favorites for the Win
President Trump’s favored candidates, Deb Fischer in Nebraska and Lou Barletta in Pennsylvania, won their Senate primary elections.
A congressman, Lou Barletta, was favored much more than Jim Christina (R). His next challenge will be to unseat senator Bob Casey (D). Casey is looking to win his third term in office this November.
Barletta was a Trump supporter even before Trump’s presidential nomination. The President will visit Pennsylvania to campaign for Barletta. He also asked him to run for Senate. Trump made phone calls last weekend in which he backed Barletta proudly, fully, and strongly.
Meanwhile, in Nebraska, Deb Fischer is now a strong favorite to win re-election in Nebraska. Her opponent will be Jane Raybould, Lincoln City Councilwoman. Trump encouraged people from Nebraska to vote for Deb Fischer in a tweet early Tuesday.
Women in Redrawn Districts
Pennsylvania could break their male-only U.S. House delegation. They currently have 18 members. They could send three women next year.
Madeleine Dean and Mary Gay Scanlon both won their Democratic primaries on Tuesday night in Philadelphia. Chrissy Houlahan is yet another Democratic nominee for a different seat in Philadelphia. Many expect her to win in November.
Saccone’s Second Loss
Rick Saccone, a Republican from Pennsylvania, lost the Republican primary election for the House. He also lost a special election two months ago to Conor Lamb, a Democrat, for a seat in Congress.
Questions from the American People:
- How much do Presidential endorsements help or hurt campaigning candidates?
- Is it ethical for executive officials to endorse legislative officials?
- How much does an endorsement affect a candidates’ platform? How much does it affect their job performance once they take office?