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Senate 2018 Pennsylvania

In this October 2016 photo, U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, left, R-Pa., appears on stage with then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Wilkes-Barre.

Sen. Pat Toomey endorsed U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta for a U.S. Senate seat in a recent video announcement.

Barletta is vying for the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic incumbent Sen. Bob Casey. Others who are seeking the Republican nomination in the Senate race include Paul Addis, Cynthia Ayers, Jim Christiana, Bobby Lawrence and Paul DeLong.

Barletta, who is the U.S. representative for the 11th District, was reportedly encouraged to run for the Senate seat by the White House administration. Toomey called Barletta a “trusted conservative and a relentless fighter for hardworking Pennsylvanians.”

“When we recently needed an ally in the House to pass the most sweeping tax reforms in a generation, Lou was there every step of the way,” Toomey said in the announcement. “It’s time we all unite behind Lou and support him with our time, our energy, and most of all, with our vote.”

Toomey also cited Barletta’s work in trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act and attempting to end sanctuary city policies as other reasons for his support.

Barletta responded in a news release sent by his campaign.

“Sen. Toomey has been a leading conservative voice in the U.S. Senate, and he has a strong record of winning tough campaigns in Pennsylvania,” Barletta said. “I am proud to have his support and friendship, and I look forward to working with him to continue fighting for Pennsylvania.”

In his video announcement, Toomey said this race will be as important as his was in 2016 when results came “down to the wire.”

“Liberal special interests will be spending millions to try and defeat him,” he said. “With your support, I am confident that Lou Barletta will be the next United States senator from Pennsylvania.”

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