Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Rep. Kelly Pulls out of Senate Race for Casey Seat

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Rep. Kelly Pulls out of Senate Race for Casey Seat

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One day after the Associated Press reported that U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta was gearing up to challenge Democratic Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey next year, another Republican congressman, Butler's Mike Kelly, is out.

In a statement sent out Tuesday, Mr. Kelly said "[t]here are critical fights ahead which will require all of my energy and focus" on the House Ways and Means Committee.

"In light of these considerations, I will be seeking a fifth term in the House of Representatives and will not be pursuing a run for the Senate next year. I am truly grateful for the outpouring of support from so many of my fellow Pennsylvanians as I have carefully deliberated the best path forward and come to this decision."

Like Mr. Barletta, Mr. Kelly has been a full-throated supporter of President Donald Trump. …

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