Democrat picks up seat in special election for Kentucky legislature

Greg Valliere of Horizon Investments discusses the importance of Pennsylvania’s new congressional map

Greg Valliere of Horizon Investments discusses the importance of Pennsylvania’s new congressional map

Historically speaking, special election results usually are somewhat predictive of midterm general election outcomes, though I don't think anyone believes it's realistic for Democrats to obtain a nationwide 45-point swing relative to Clinton's numbers.

Democrats flipped a GOP-held Kentucky state House seat on Tuesday, handing the party its 37th state legislative pickup nationwide since Donald Trump won the presidency. Both candidates have a history in the district that likely played into voters' decisions. Belcher entered politics when her husband, Democratic state Representative Larry Belcher, died in a vehicle crash in 2008. Democrat Linda Belcher just reclaimed that district's seat after being elected with a final tally of 68-32.

Johnson is the widow of Rep. Dan Johnson, who committed suicide in December amid sexual-abuse allegations.

Trump won the district with 72% of the vote in 2016.

Kentucky Democrats are celebrating the recapture of a rural district in the state House of Representatives. She faced off against Belcher, aformer teacher and school administrator who had previously held the seat under strikingly similar circumstances: Belcher ran for the post after her husband, Rep. Larry Belcher, died in a vehicle crash in 2008.

Kentucky's Board of Elections will certify the results of the special election on February 27.

Republican Dan Johnson killed himself in December, days after the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting published an on-the-record account from a woman who said Johnson sexually assaulted her in his basement when she was a teenager. The Johnsons had previously generated controversy with their social media posts; Dan had posted images that depicted the Obamas as apes, and Rebecca shared memes that made light of domestic violence and drug use, and endorsed secession.

'I've heard from people all day long saying they went to vote for me at the correct polling place and were refused the opportunity to vote, ' Johnson said in a statement.

As for Johnson, she blamed her lost on voter fraud, though state officials said they have not received any complaints. "It's like we're in a third world country".

At her campaign headquarters in downtown Shepherdsville, Belcher said she won the election "fair and square".

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