Democrats Flip Kentucky State House Seat Where Trump Won Overwhelmingly

Father-of-five and pastor Johnson, 57, also made headlines for posting racist pictures likening the Obamas to monkeys.

Linda Belcher (D), a former state legislator who lost her seat in the Trump landslide in Kentucky, reclaimed the Bullitt County district by a more than two-to-one margin.

We are very pleased to announce that Linda Belcher has won the special election in Kentucky's 49th district to reclaim the seat she lost 50.4 to 49.6 in November 2016.

"People are using their votes and voices to take a stand against the anti-Kentuckian policies of the Republican majority", Ben Self, chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party, said in a statement.

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Mrs Johnson has strenuously denied the sexual abuse allegations against her husband, claiming he was a victim of 'an assault from the left'.

Rebecca Johnson has defended her husband and has said the allegations against him are not true.

However, Kentucky Republicans argued that the special election was an aberration, as only 15 percent of registered voters cast ballots on Tuesday.

Following allegations of his disgusting crime, Johnson committed suicide, leaving his seat open and for the taking.

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In the end, Belcher easily defeated Johnson, marking the 37th Democratic victory in a Republican-held state legislative seat since the start of 2017.

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. "It's like we're in a third world country".

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.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has chose to leave a number of formerly GOP-held seats vacant rather than schedule special elections his party might lose, national Republicans are pushing the panic button on an upcoming special House election in Pennsylvania, and GOP leadership is letting scandal-plagued Rep. Blake Farenthold stick around in his seat rather than risk a special election.

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