PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) — Republican Rep. Mike Kelly won re-election to a fifth term in northwestern Pennsylvania, beating Democrat Ron DiNicola.READ MORE: Ohio Republicans Aim To Rename State Park After Donald Trump
DiNicola was running against Kelly in Pennsylvania’s 16th Congressional District.
The race was tied in some polls leading up to Election Day.
Just before 11 p.m., Democrat Ron DiNicola was in the lead by a couple thousand votes. However, that quickly changed around 11:45 p.m. once votes in Lawrence County were counted, which pulled Republican incumbent Mike Kelly ahead by several thousand votes to winning the race.
The four-term Republican trailed most of the night after DiNicola took a big lead by winning Erie County.In the end, Kelly came back and overcame that lead with strong support in the other four counties in the district.READ MORE: Pa. Turnpike Installing Its First Solar Microgrid To Power Hempfield Twp. Facility
“I know this coming out of the north. It would be different because it is more blue than red, but as we come south, if we’re doing a good job, we’ll have people turn out for us. And the turnout was absolutely incredible,” Kelly aid.
Kelly says his main priorities for his fifth term will be continuing to help boost the regional and national economy.
Kelly said he thinks he won because of his record during his eight years in Congress. Kelly will be in the minority in the House starting in January since the Democrats will be taking control.
However, he says he doesn’t think that will be a major problem for him.MORE NEWS: Columbus Police Show Body Camera Footage Of Officer Fatally Shooting 16-Year-Old Girl
(TM and © Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)