More than two decades ago, narrowly lost a tough race for Congress against a longtime lawmaker seeking re-election. He will get another shot — against a different incumbent — in November.
The Erie lawyer easily won the Democratic nomination for the newly configured 16th Congressional District seat in Tuesday’s primary, defeating both Butler County lawyer Chris Rieger and Farrell physician Robert Multari.
DiNicola, 61, will face off in the Nov. 6 election against U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly of Butler, who was unopposed for the Republican nomination. Kelly, a well-known automobile salesman, is seeking a fifth two-year term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The Associated Press called the race for DiNicola at 10 p.m. With 60 percent of the precincts reporting at 10 p.m., DiNicola held 71.2 percent of the vote across the district. Rieger was next with 19 percent. Multari had 9.4 percent.
Rieger called DiNicola shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday to concede the race.
In addition to Erie County, the new 16th District also includes Crawford, Mercer and Lawrence counties, as well as the western portion of Butler County.