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Trump boosts Kelly at packed Erie rally

October 10, 2018 News Extra

ERIE — Forget jobs — President Donald Trump said the big request he's heard from U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly is for fresh sand on Presque Island and dredging in the Erie Canal.

Trump arrived in Erie for a Republican rally with GOP candidates Wednesday afternoon, just 27 days before the Nov. 6 midterm election.

Erie, which used to be split into two congressional districts is now wholly choosing between Kelly and Democrat Ron DiNicola for the new 16th Congressional District seat.

The night's Republican rally filled Erie Insurance Arena, and Kelly — one of the first in Congress to support Donald Trump's candidacy — appeared eager to further associate himself with Trump's brand.

“A vote for him is a vote to make America great again,” Trump said of Kelly.

The “We Like Mike” signs were present in the sea of red “Make America Great Again” baseball caps Wednesday, but the crowd at the rally in the Erie Insurance Arena was decidedly there to see the president.

A group of Kelly's supporters were strategically seated just behind Trump's shoulder as seen from the view of the television cameras in the room, but that group held the majority of the Kelly campaign signs in the room.

Still, Trump gave more of his own personal screen-time to Kelly than any other of the night's speakers.

Read more about Trump's Erie rally in Thursday's Butler Eagle.