Democrat Takes Kentucky House Seat in District Trump Won by 49 Points


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

According to The Hill, "The Kentucky district is the 18th formerly Republican-held district to fall into Democratic hands in a special election since Trump won election, a growing trend Democrats see as proof of their party's momentum heading into the midterm elections".

In December of last year, days after the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting published an extensive expose on Johnson's fraudulent claims over many years - as well as an allegation that he molested a teen - Johnson shot and killed himself. Rebecca Johnson said her husband was innocent, a victim of "an assault from the left". "Turnout was low, even by special-election standards, and the impact of recent events hung over the race, clouding the outcome", Tres Watson, a spokesman for the Kentucky Republican Party, wrote in a statement Tuesday.

Johnson's wife announced a day after his death that she would seek the state House seat.

Belcher was elected in 2008 and then unseated by Republican pastor Dan Johnson.

The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee said it's at least the 37th contested seat Democrats have taken from Republicans since Trump was inaugurated. Bullitt County Clerk Kevin Mooney said the problem was fixed and poll workers were instructed to send affected voters to another precinct. Belcher represented the district from 2009 to 2012 and again from 2014 to January 2017, after being defeated in the 2016 election by a narrow margin. "I think this shows the entire House, the Kentucky House, is in play".

As we reported in December, Dan Johnson, 57, was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on a bridge over the Salt River in Mount Washington.

Most voters were like Carol Schneider, 65, who gave her backing to Belcher. 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. 'It's like we are in a third world country'.