PHILADELPHIA – The first debate between Pennsylvania’s Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey and his Republican challenger, U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, is starting.

Saturday’s hour-long debate is at WPVI-TV in Philadelphia.

The 58-year-old Casey, of Scranton, is seeking a third six-year term in Nov. 6’s election. The 62-year-old Barletta, of Hazleton, is a fourth-term congressman.

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Barletta is one of President Donald Trump’s biggest allies on Capitol Hill, and is endorsed by the president. Barletta has badly lagged Casey in fundraising and polls, making it a low-profile race in a state Trump won in 2016. Casey is a critic of Trump’s tax-cutting law and immigration policies, and opposed Trump’s Supreme Court nominees.

WPVI-TV is broadcasting the debate and streaming it online Sunday at 11:30 a.m., and making it available to other TV stations.

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