Trump congratulates 'special guy' Barletta on win in Pennsylvania
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpSecret Service members who helped organize Pence Arizona trip test positive for COVID-19: report Trump administration planning pandemic office at the State Department: report Iran releases photo of damaged nuclear fuel production site: report MORE gave his congratulations to Rep. Lou BarlettaLouis (Lou) James BarlettaBottom Line Ex-GOP congressman to lead group to protect Italian products from tariffs Head of Pennsylvania GOP resigns over alleged explicit texts 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 CaseyThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Cure Violence Global founder Gary Slutkin says violence and epidemics follow same patterns; Global death toll surpasses half a million 21 senators urge Pentagon against military use to curb nationwide protests Overnight Health Care: Trump says US 'terminating' relationship with WHO | Cuomo: NYC on track to start reopening week of June 8 | COVID-19 workplace complaints surge 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.