Trump congratulates 'special guy' Barletta on win in Pennsylvania
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpIran claims it rejected Trump meeting requests 8 times ESPY host jokes Putin was as happy after Trump summit as Ovechkin winning Stanley Cup Russian ambassador: Trump made ‘verbal agreements’ with Putin MORE gave his congratulations to Rep. Lou BarlettaLouis (Lou) James BarlettaElection Countdown: Latest on the 2018 Senate money race | Red-state Dems feeling the heat over Kavanaugh | Dem doubts about Warren | Ocasio-Cortez to visit Capitol Hill | Why Puerto Ricans in Florida could swing Senate race Midterm turnout surges for both parties Poll: Incumbent Dem leads Pennsylvania Senate race by 15 MORE on Wednesday for winning his GOP Senate primary in Pennsylvania, calling him a "special guy" who will help his agenda. 

"Congratulations to Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania. He will be a great Senator and will represent his people well - like they haven’t been represented in many years," Trump tweeted. "Lou is a friend of mine and a special guy, he will very much help MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!"

Barletta, an early supporter of Trump, defeated state Rep. Jim Christiana on Tuesday night to gain the party nomination to challenge Democratic Sen. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyCongress should build upon the ABLE Act, giving more Americans with disabilities access to financial tools Senate Dems protest vote on controversial court pick Senate Dems build huge cash edge in battlegrounds MORE Jr. in November.

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Trump and the Pennsylvania GOP both endorsed Barletta, who has served in Congress since 2011. The president even recorded a last-minute robocall for the candidate, praising his tough stance on immigration and support for the GOP tax bill that passed late last year. 

Polls suggest Barletta faces an uphill challenge to defeat Casey, though Trump won Pennsylvania in 2016.