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


President Trump won Kentucky's 49th district 72-23 during the 2016 Presidential election.

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.

That did not stop national Democrats from hailing Belcher's win as a sign of the growing discontent with President Trump and the Republican Party ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, where control of the U.S. House and U.S. Senate are at stake for the GOP.

Kentucky Democratic Party Chair Ben Self said the win is an indication of the wave of excitement felt by Democrats in the state.

Rebecca Johnson lost her attempt to fill the remainder of her husband's term in a special election called after he committed suicide in December following allegations that he sexually assaulted a member of his church's congregation.

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On Tuesday night, Linda Belcher beat Republican Rebecca Johnson by an nearly 37-point margin-an 86-point swing from Trump's victory. Johnson's widow, Rebecca Johnson, ran against Belcher in Tuesday's contest.

Belcher is a retired teacher and a former state legislator who held the seat for six years previously. "She will work hard on behalf of working families, students, and the people of Bullitt County". Linda Belcher served in the legislature from 2008 to 2012 and 2014 to 2016 before losing to Dan Johnson.

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

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. 'It's like we are in a third world country'.

Noting that Trump had won the same district by 50 percentage points in 2016, Self stated that "this just shows that the entire House is up for grabs this fall".