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Lou Barletta gets Republican endorsement for U.S. Senate

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In this Oct. 10, 2016, file photo, U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta (left), R-Pa., appears onstage with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, right, at a campaign rally at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
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In this Oct. 10, 2016, file photo, U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta (left), R-Pa., appears onstage with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, right, at a campaign rally at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
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In this Oct. 10, 2016, file photo, U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta (left), R-Pa., appears onstage with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, right, at a campaign rally at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
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Associated Press
In this Oct. 10, 2016, file photo, U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta (left), R-Pa., appears onstage with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, right, at a campaign rally at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
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Associated Press
In this Oct. 10, 2016, file photo, U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta (left), R-Pa., appears onstage with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, right, at a campaign rally at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
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Associated Press
In this Oct. 10, 2016, file photo, U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta (left), R-Pa., appears onstage with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, right, at a campaign rally at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
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Associated Press
In this Oct. 10, 2016, file photo, U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta (left), R-Pa., appears onstage with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, right, at a campaign rally at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

The Pennsylvania Republican Party unanimously endorsed Congressman Lou Barletta, R-Hazelton, as its candidate to run for U.S. Senate.

Barletta is expected to face incumbent Democrat Bob Casey in the November general election.

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania,” he said in a statement. “It’s time we end the ‘Washington first’ way of doing business.

“Senator Casey is resisting our efforts to put Americans first, voting against tax cuts for workers and families, failing to protect the sanctity of life, refusing to secure our borders and defending dangerous sanctuary cities.

“One vote in the Senate can determine the direction of the country.”

State Rep. Jim Christiana, R-Brighton, is also seeking the Republican nomination. He said she was not surprised by the decision.

“I liken it to the Philadelphia Eagles losing to the Kansas City Chiefs in week 2,” Christiana said.

“I respect the process.”

Barletta has been endorsed by President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey and the entire Pennsylvania Republican congressional delegation.

Suzanne Elliott is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-8712346, [email protected] or via Twitter @41Suzanne.

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