Democrat flips Kentucky House seat in Republican territory

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Linda Belcher, a Democrat, won the special election for Kentucky's House District 49 on Tuesday with 3,386 votes.

Although Trump won by a 49-point margin in 2016, the district isn't reliably red-Democrats have held the state House seat for six of the last 10 years, and the last three elections have been won by a margin of six points or fewer.

We can't examine this single special election and assume every other district will follow a similar path, however, the Democratic party has shown during recent special elections that voters are looking for a change.

Belcher's "lifelong commitment to bettering her community and her door-to-door campaign showcased her dedication to standing up for Kentuckians", Jessica Post, executive director of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, said in a statement. But in December 2017, during a wave of #MeToo revelations across state capitols, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting published a lengthy investigation of Johnson's conduct at his church, revealing that he had sexually abused a 17-year-old girl. Rebecca Johnson said her husband was innocent, a victim of "an assault from the left". The special election returned the seat to Linda Belcher, whom Dan Johnson had unseated.

She lost her last election to Republican Dan Johnson by less than 200 votes.

And the Democrats' Kentucky win marks the 37th state legislative seat the party has flipped from red to blue since Trump's election. Bullitt County Clerk Kevin Mooney said the problem was fixed and poll workers were instructed to send affected voters to another precinct.

Belcher held the seat before narrowly losing to Dan Johnson in 2016.

In office, Johnson helped Republicans pass the ambitious conservative agenda of Gov. Matt Bevin, R, making Kentucky a right-to-work state and banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. "It's like we're in a Third World country". It is the third time voters have elected Belcher, who was first elected in 2008 when she replaced her husband on the ballot after he was killed in a auto wreck.

Most voters were like Carol Schneider, 65, who gave her backing to Belcher.

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