4 states decide primaries; Trump's Senate pick wins in Pa.

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Also on tap Tuesday are contested primaries for lieutenant governor and a slew of crowded U.S. House races following Pennsylvania's court-ordered redrawing of congressional district boundaries. Although Omaha's strong Democratic core is balanced out by more conservative suburbs, the district gives Democrats a fighting chance of capturing a congressional seat in a state that is otherwise overwhelmingly Republican.

Democrats must hold Casey's Senate seat and those of other incumbents and pick up two now held by Republicans to seize control of that chamber.

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.

President Donald Trump shocked most observers when narrowly winning the state in the 2016 election, becoming the first Republican to do so in almost three decades and propelling himself to the White House.

Trump edged Democrat Hillary Clinton by less than 1 percentage point in Pennsylvania in 2016's presidential election. Six Democrats are running in this district, which reunified Democratic-leaning cities in the east and cut out some of Republican-leaning central Pennsylvania.

In the race for United States Senate, U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, a Trump stalwart, prevailed over state Rep. Jim Christiana, R-Beaver.

Polls have closed across Pennsylvania, one of four states holding primary elections Tuesday. Idaho voters were set to pick their Republican gubernatorial nominee, while heavily Republican Nebraska and Democratic-leaning OR were also holding primaries Tuesday.

With about 91 percent of the precincts reporting in Tuesday's primary election in the 9th Congressional District on the Republican ticket, The Associated Press called Dan Meuser the victor of the race at 10:06 p.m.

Mary Gay Scanlon came out on top in the Democratic primary for the 5th Congressional District, a hotly-contested race that featured 10 candidates. Liberal champion Bernie Sanders and the Congressional Black Caucus endorsed Greg Edwards, while the Democratic women's group EMILY's List was behind the eventual victor, Wild.

Jesse Hunt with the National Republican Congressional Committee says the newly drawn congressional map was Democratic gerrymandering by the State Supreme Court.

Wallace spent heavily to win the contest, putting $2.5 million into his campaign to beat Navy veteran Rachel Reddick in the primary.

Republican incumbents Brian Fitzpatrick of Bucks County, Tom Marino of Lycoming County, and Lloyd Smucker of Lancaster County also faced primary challenges. She'll face Republican Pearl Kim in the fall.

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A trio of open seats prompted a plethora of candidates to enter the congressional races. He also has a huge cash advantage, with about $10 million in the bank at the end of April, compared with Barletta's $1.3 million.

In the phone message he recorded, Trump called Casey the "hand-picked guy" of Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., using a strategy Republicans have deployed in other states to tie candidates to party leaders.

"But most of all, Barletta has made it clear that if elected to the Senate, he would put Donald Trump's interests ahead of the people of Pennsylvania", the party said.

Barletta, of Hazleton, who shares Trump's hawkish views on immigration and terrorism, will face Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Scanlon has the backing of much of the state's political establishment, and she'll be heavily favored to win this November, too.

Republican voters decided among three candidates to challenge Wolf, who ran uncontested and is seeking a second term.

In Idaho, a competitive Republican primary for governor featured three leading candidates: Rep. Raúl Labrador, a founding member of the hard-right House Freedom Caucus; Lt. Gov. Brad Little, who had the support of outgoing Gov. C.L.

Lt. Gov. Brad Little is seeking the GOP nomination, with Otter's endorsement, while Tommy Ahlquist, an emergency room doctor turned developer, hopes his outsider status carries him as it did IN businessman Mike Braun IN last week's GOP Senate primary.

The leading Democratic candidates were Paulette Jordan, a former state lawmaker who would be the country's first Native American governor; and A.J. Balukoff, the party's 2014 nominee.

Jordan says her roots helped encourage her political aspirations. "I'm not about the party; I'm not about the system".

Outgoing Republican Gov. Butch Otter's seat is nearly assured to stay in GOP hands in November. They will find out who their Democratic opponents will be after Tuesday's primary. The victor of their primary will face Republican Rep. Don Bacon.

However, Democratic Gov. Kate Brown remains the favorite to win in November.

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