Bost wins against Democratic challenger Kelly

By Claire Cowley, Staff Reporter

Incumbent Mike Bost [R – Murphysboro] has won against Brendan Kelly [D – Belleville] for US House of Representatives.

Bost had 134,009 votes with 51.8 percent compared to Kelly’s 45.2 percent.

The election results said green party candidate Randy Auxier received 7,823 votes.


Williamson county appeared to support Bost the most with 17,597 votes with 100 precincts reporting.

Bost’s main campaign goals are improving agriculture, moving toward energy independence and southern Illinois economy forward with accessible and affordable healthcare for residents.

In October, the city of Murphysboro hosted a rally for President Trump to endorse Bost for congress.

“Bost does not stop working for Illinois,” Trump said. “He is a great guy and is a warrior.”

Trump said other people in Illinois don’t care about this state’s improvement in terms of local factory and business employment.

Former vice president Joe Biden campaigned for Kelly in East St. Louis Oct. 31.

“We’re in a situation where the character of the country is on the ballot in a way that it hasn’t been in my lifetime,” Biden said.


Kelly’s priority for Illinoisans is better infrastructure, fighting a republican presidency, Senate and House.

Kelly said he wants to hold big pharmaceutical companies accountable for their role in the opioid crisis.

Poll data from 2016 election results showed Bost reportedly having a 54.3 percent, while his competitors C. John Baricevic having 39.7 percent and P. Bradshaw having 6 percent.

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