Republican U.S. Rep. Alex Mooney wins re-election in West Virginia’s 2nd District

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP/WSAZ) — Voters have chosen to keep the same representative for West Virginia's 2nd congressional district. Incumbent Alex Mooney was re-elected to a third term Tuesday.

The Associated Press called the race Tuesday evening. The Republican defeated Democrat Talley Sergent with 84,770 votes or 54 percent.

Mooney supports replacing the Affordable Care Act.

"I do believe we need to reform healthcare," said Mooney. "Repeal and replace Obamacare is something that works better and brings down premiums by increasing competition, getting rid of some of the unnecessary mandates."

Whether it's the opioid crisis or building roads, it's all part of Mooney's goal to help the state economically.

"First mission is to continue to bring good businesses here to West Virginia. I think the tax cuts was a good start. There's more to be done in that regard in economic growth," said Rep. Mooney.

Part of that comes with his work on the Financial Services Committee looking to cut regulations for housing and small businesses. He calls himself a strong support of Donald Trump.

"I promised when I asked for this job that I would vote conservative and fight for traditional values and I've done that and I will continue to do that," he said.

This outcome isn't very surprising as the Republicans keep a strong advantage in District 2. Voters in that district have elected a Republican every two years since Democrat Bob Wise won in 1998.