One in, one out of GOP field for Pa. U.S. Senate seat

Joseph Vodvarka (AP, file)

Joseph Vodvarka (AP, file)

One candidate is leaving the Republican field seeking the nomination to challenge Pennsylvania’s two-term Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Casey, while another is getting into race.

Four-time candidate Joe Vodvarka says he’s running as a Republican, after losing three straight primaries as a Democrat.

He’s a semiretired owner of a Pittsburgh-area spring manufacturing shop.

Also in the race are Republican midstate Congressman Lou Barletta, state Representative Jim Christiana, and Libertarian Dale Kerns.

Casey is seeking a third six-year term in 2018.

Dropping out of the Senate campaign is real estate investor Jeff Bartos of Montgomery County.

He says he’ll run instead for lieutenant governor on a ticket with state Senator Scott Wagner of York County — who is hoping to challenge Democratic Governor Tom Wolf’s re-election bid.

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