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Sen. Bob Casey again dangles potential for a presidential run in 2020

The Associated Press
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U.S. Sen.Bob Casey, D-PA, is interviewed by reporters following his second debate with Republican challenger U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, Friday Oct. 26, 2018, in the studio of KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh. Casey, 58, of Scranton, is seeking a third six-year term. Barletta, 62, of Hazleton, is in his fourth term in Congress. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

HARRISBURG — U.S. Sen. Bob Casey had barely won a third term in office before the Pennsylvania Democrat began saying he’s open to the idea of running for president in 2020.

On Monday, Casey’s campaign released a memo making the case for Casey’s electoral effectiveness in a state that was crucial to President Donald Trump’s capturing the White House.

In the Nov. 6 election, the 58-year-old son of the late governor beat Republican U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, an early supporter of Trump, who returned the favor by campaigning for Barletta.

Casey is a staunch critic of Trump, and his campaign notes that he accumulated the biggest margin of victory of the 10 Senate Democrats running for re-election in states carried by Trump in 2016.

Casey beat Barletta by nearly 13 percentage points.

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