U.S. Rep. David McKinley wins re-election in West Virginia’s 1st District

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. David McKinley has won a fifth term to represent West Virginia’s 1st District.

McKinley defeated Democrat Kendra Fershee in Tuesday’s election.

McKinley has represented the northern West Virginia district since 2011.

The 71-year-old McKinley touted his background as a professional engineer and seventh-generation West Virginian, and efforts to protect jobs and health care for state residents.

Campaign finance records show McKinley outraised Fershee by a 5-to-1 margin.

Fershee is a West Virginia University law professor and associate dean of academic affairs. The first-time candidate and Michigan native said she was turned off by Democrat Bernie Sanders and Republican Donald Trump in the 2016 campaign as well as the voting record of McKinley. She said voters want someone in Congress who “is just like them.”