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+Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D) i
2,777,680
55.61%
Lou Barletta (R)
2,134,848
42.74%
Dale Kerns (L)
50,907
1.02%
Neal Gale (G) 31,208
0.62%

4,994,643

Plurality: 642,832 votes (12.87 percentage points).
 PA Department of State




Notes:  
Sen. Bob Casey (D), seeking a third term, defeated U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta (R).  Also on the ballot were Neal Gale (G) and Dale Kerns (L).  Casey's campaign appeared to have the upper hand throughout the race.  For example, on July 10, 2018 his campaign reported that it had raised $2.2 million in the 2nd quarter and had $9.8 million cash on hand. 

Barletta, an early supporter of Donald Trump, won the May 15 Republican primary with 63% of the vote over state Rep. Jim Christiana.  Casey did not face a primary challenge.

In August Barletta did a “Red, White, & Lou” tour starting in Hazle Township on Aug. 6 "joined by his family and trusty pal Reilly, his Golden Retriever."  President Trump appeared at rallies in Wilkes-Barre (Aug. 2) and Erie (Oct. 10) (+).


For a Libertarian candidate, Kerns did well in fundraising; he brought in over $200,000 by the end of the campaign.  In the first part of the year he focused on promoting his "Addiction is Not a Crime" bill to end the war on drugs.  He did not, hawever, get invited to the debates.

The two major candidates participated in two televised debates,
one by WPVI in Philadelphia on Oct. 20 (+), and the second on Oct. 26 in the studios of KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh (+).

Casey outspent Barletta by more than two-to-one; Open Secrets shows spending of $20.7 million to $7.5 million (+).

Campaign Managers:
Bob Casey:  M.E. Smith

(Feb. 2017)  Deputy campaign manager on Sen. Michael Bennet's 2016 re-election and on Gov. John Hickenlooper's 2014 re-election, both in Colorado.

Lou Barletta:  Jon Anzur
(July 2018, succeeding Cody Jones, who moved to senior advisor)  Anzur started on the campaign in Aug. 2017 as deputy campaign manager; he worked as communnications director in Barletta's congressional office from March-Aug. 2017, and as campaign manager (June 2016-March 2017) and political director (Aug. 2015-June 2016) on his congressional campaign.  Public relations coordinator in the Pennsylvania House, Dec. 2014-Aug. 2015.  Assistant to the deputy chief of staff in the Office of Gov. Tom Corbett, Sept. 2013-Dec. 2014.  Studied at the University of Pittsburgh. 
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Vince Galko, general consultant
 
  





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