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Is ‘America’s most liberal Republican’ about to get a primary challenger?


If you’ve been watching cable news this year, then the chances are pretty good that you’ve seen U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent holding forth on the issues of the day.

The Lehigh Valley Republican, whose 15th Congressional District seat includes a swath of the mid-state, has emerged as the main voice of what’s left of GOP moderates on Capitol Hill.

From issues ranging from Obamacare to Charlottesville, he’s also become a consistent voice of criticism of the Trump White House.

So, naturally, you just knew it was only a matter of time before he faced a primary challenge from his right flank. And it looks like that’s about to happen.

State Rep. Justin Simmons, R-Lehigh, tells WFMZ-TV in Allentown that he’s about “90 percent there” on a 2018 primary challenge.

“Career politician Charlie Dent is America’s most liberal Republican,” Simmons, who represents the suburban 131st District, told the station.”

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