GOP rep to run for Senate in Pennsylvania: report

GOP rep to run for Senate in Pennsylvania: report
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Rep. Lou BarlettaLouis (Lou) James BarlettaEx-GOP congressman to lead group to protect Italian products from tariffs Head of Pennsylvania GOP resigns over alleged explicit texts Trump's most memorable insults and nicknames of 2018 MORE (R-Pa.) has reportedly started to tell members of the Republican Party that he will challenge Sen. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyNew ObamaCare enrollment period faces Trump headwinds Scrap House defense authorization provision benefitting Russia Here are the Senate Democrats backing a Trump impeachment inquiry over Ukraine call MORE Jr. (D-Pa.) in the 2018 midterm election.

The Associated Press reported Monday that Barletta will officially announce his intention to run within a few weeks.

The AP in May reported that President Trump had been pushing Barletta, an outspoken opponent of illegal immigration, to enter the race.

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Barletta, who has served in the House since 2011, announced his support for Trump in the Republican primaries in March of last year.

Barletta served on Trump's transition team and was was floated as a potential candidate for secretary of Transportation or Labor. He currently sits on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and chairs the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management.

Barletta would run against at least Jim Christiana and Rick Saccone, both Pennsylvania Republican state representatives, in the primary for Casey's seat.

Casey won reelection easily in 2012, taking 53.7 percent of the vote to his Republican challenger's 44.6 percent.

—Melanie Zanona contributed.