The 2016 Congressional race in Centre County sounded a lot like a rerun of the 2014 contest.
The players were the same. So was the winner.
Incumbent Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Howard Township, picked up his fifth term in Washington with numbers than his last race with Democrat Kerith Strano Taylor.
In Centre County, Thompson picked up votes to Strano Taylor’s . Across the district, Thompson had votes to his opponent’s .
In 2014, Thompson won by a margin of 64 to 36 percent.
“I’m just very appreciative for the support and what looks like significant support from the citizens I’ve had the opportunity to serve and support. Really, this is a credit to the citizens in the 5th District, who have allowed me to take their home run ideas to Washington,” Thompson said. “That’s where I attribute what looks like a very strong victory this evening.”
The Pennsylvania 5th Congressional District is the largest in the state, spreading from Lake Erie in the northwest to Raystown Lake at its sourthernmost point, covering 10 counties in its entirety and portions of six more. With more than 42,000 people in the State College borough alone, the Centre Region is its most dense population center, more than three times the size of runner-up St. Marys.
The district has been in Republican hands for more than 40 years.