Barletta to announce Senate bid Tuesday: report

Barletta to announce Senate bid Tuesday: report
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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 (R-Pa.) will announce his entrance into the Pennsylvania Senate GOP primary early Tuesday morning, the Times Leader reported Monday evening.

The announcement will be through a video statement, the report said.

Barletta, who was an early backer of President Trump, will enter a race that so far includes two Pennsylvania Republican state representatives. The winner of the primary will ultimately face off against incumbent Sen. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyHistory argues for Democratic Senate gains Overnight Health Care: Trump officials explore importing prescription drugs | Key ObamaCare, drug pricing regs under review | GOP looks to blunt attacks on rising premiums | Merck to lower some drug prices Dems pressure GOP to take legal action supporting pre-existing conditions MORE (D-Pa.).

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The Associated Press had previously reported that Barletta would enter the race.

Earlier this month, the Pennsylvania Democratic Party filed an ethics complaint against Barletta, alleging he misused official resources during discussions of a potential bid for Senate.

During an interview in his district office, Barletta told a local affiliate that he had “been looking at it very seriously,” referencing a Senate bid. In the background of the interview, the official House seal is within view.