Kathy Barnette Scrambles Pennsylvania GOP Senate Primary, Drawing Trump Ire

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In the closing days of Pennsylvania’s Republican primary for U.S. Senate, a candidate who has had a tiny fraction of the resources of the two front-runners is suddenly a contender, triggering attacks against her from different directions.

Kathy Barnette, an Army Reserve veteran and commentator, is surging in part because of a rise from poverty that includes being the product of sexual assault, something she has said helped forge her fierce opposition to abortion. She is also benefiting from endorsements in the final week of the primary campaign from two powerful conservative groups.