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Senate 2018 Pennsylvania

U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., is challenging incumbent U.S. Sen. Bob Casey in the November election.

HARRISBURG — Vice President Mike Pence will headline a fundraiser for Pennsylvania’s Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, Lou Barletta.

Republican Party chairman Val DiGiorgio said Wednesday that he expects the July 23 event in Philadelphia will raise $300,000 to $400,000 for Barletta, who has badly trailed Democratic Sen. Bob Casey in campaign cash.

Casey is running for a third term.

No independent poll puts Barletta within striking distance of Casey, although Barletta is a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump and Republican officials expect Trump will come to Pennsylvania to campaign for Barletta.

At the end of April, Barletta reported $1.3 million in the bank, compared to Casey’s $10 million.

A Barletta fundraiser scheduled next week is being headlined by Nigel Farage, an architect of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.

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