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Republicans Rally at 'Trump Fest' In Wilkes-Barre

Lou Barletta shaking hands
Anne Danahy

Several hundred people, including Bikers for Trump, were at a get-out-the-vote rally in Wilkes-Barre Sunday night. One of the messages at the event was that voters should support Representative Lou Barletta, the Republican trying to unseat Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Casey.


Oliver North, the retired Lieutenant Colonel and NRA president, and U.S. Representative Tom Marino were among those who spoke at the rally. The message: get and out and vote or face the possibility of a Democratic takeover.


“We need your support. Get out there and vote. Get your neighbors to vote. We can keep the House, we can keep the Senate," Marino said, before Barletta took the stage to cheers of "Lou" from the crowd.


Marino is facing Democrat Marc Friedenberg, a faculty member at Penn State. While Marino is favored to win, Barletta is not. 

Lou Barletta posing for a photo
Credit Anne Danahy / WPSU
Supporters of Rep. Lou Barletta greeted him and took selfies at a get-out-the-vote rally Sept. 30, 2018, in Wilkes-Barre. Barletta is running against Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, the incumbent.



Barletta dismissed polls that show him behind incumbent Bob Casey, saying polls had shown Trump was behind too.


Barletta pointed to the economic growth under President Trump and the hearings for Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, as key issues. A vote on Kavanaugh is on hold while allegations of sexual assault against him are being investigated.


“We just saw the circus last week with the Kavanaugh hearing," Barletta said before the rally. "We want to put an end to this.”


Anne Danahy has been a reporter at WPSU since fall 2017. Before crossing over to radio, she was a reporter at the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pennsylvania, and she worked in communications at Penn State. She is married with cats.
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