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U.S. Rep. Kildee wins fifth term over GOP's Kelly in Michigan's 5th District

Melissa Nann Burke
The Detroit News

Democratic U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee of Flint Townshipwon reelection to a fifth term Wednesdayover Republican former state Rep. Tim Kelly of Saginaw Township.

Kildee defeated Kelly 54% to 42% with all precincts reporting in Michigan's 5th Congressional District, which includes Genesee, Bay, Arenac, Iosco, and parts of Saginaw and Tuscola counties. But there remained Democratic-friendly precincts that hadn't reported complete results as of early Wednesday.

Kildee issued a Wednesday morning statement about the election, but didn't talk about his own race.

"Hundreds of thousands of votes still remain to be counted. Michiganders should have confidence that every vote will be counted before a winner is declared," he said.

“As we continue to count outstanding absentee ballots, I am optimistic that Joe Biden and (U.S. Sen.) Gary Peters are on a path to victory in Michigan."

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said late Tuesday that all the votes would be counted by Wednesday night.

Kildee, 62, has represented Michigan's 5th District since 2013 and is seeking a fifth term. 

State Rep. Tim Kelly is still trying to get rid of the State Board of Education.

Kildee serves as chief deputy whip for House Democrats and is the only Michigan member who serves on the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, where he has spoken in support of the panel's pursuit of President Donald Trump's tax returns.

In Congress he's prioritized federal aid for the Flint water crisis and  focused on PFAS standards, helping to create the bipartisan Congressional PFAS Task Force.

In the state House, Kelly chaired the House Education Reform Committee and the House Appropriations Subcommittee on School Aid. Prior to his time in the Legislature, he served as education policy adviser under former Gov. John Engler.

Congressman Dan Kildee.

mburke@detroitnews.com