Trump congratulates 'special guy' Barletta on win in Pennsylvania
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President TrumpDonald TrumpDonald Trump Jr. calls Bruce Springsteen's dropped charges 'liberal privilege' Schiff sees challenges for intel committee, community in Trump's shadow McConnell says he'd back Trump as 2024 GOP nominee MORE gave his congratulations to Rep. Lou BarlettaLouis (Lou) James BarlettaFormer Trump officials eye bids for political office 10 bellwether counties that could signal where the election is headed Bottom Line 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 CaseySenate Democrats call on GAO to review child care access barriers for disabled parents, kids Democrats blast Trump team videos: 'False equivalency'  Centrist Democrats pose major problem for progressives MORE Jr. in November.


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.