The Butler County Republican will represent this northwest PA district for another two years.
Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Butler) defeated Democrat Kristy Gnibus in the race for the 16th Congressional District.
Kelly leads Gnibus by 31 percent with 70% estimated to be in. The AP called the race at 9:39 A.M.
His 2020 reelection bid appears to be a significantly smoother win in comparison to his closer-than-expected race in 2018 when he narrowly defeated Democrat Ron DiNicola by just over 4 points.
Like his 2018 bid, Kelly touted President Donald Trump’s tax reform bill and more in his current reelection messaging. Gnibus, a teacher from Erie, slammed Kelly for supporting the GOP tax reform bill, saying that it only benefited the wealthy.
Trump won these boundaries by 20+ points in 2016 in the GOP friendly district.