On Tuesday, Democrats flipped a seat in Missouri’s state House of Representatives changing it from red to blue. This is the 35th seat that Democrats flipped since Trump became president.
The seat was vacated by GOP state Rep. John McCaherty.
During the special elections, Mike Revis, 27, won by three percentage points.
Revis ran on a progressive platform. He called on his state to stop “robbing our public schools of public tax dollars to give money to private for-profit” schools.
He also described the state’s anti-union “right-to-work” plan “a 60-year-old bad idea, pushed by big corporations to lower wages.”
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He is the second Democrat this year who won a seat that was held by a Republican.
His victory came after Democrat Patty Schachtner won a state Senate seat last month which was Republican since 2001.
The district is known to be solid red. In the 2016 presidential election, Trump won the district by a 61 percent to 33 percent margin. In 2012, Republican Mitt Romney won the district.
Governor Scott Walker (R-Wis.) described the victory a “wakeup call” for his party.
Senate District 10 special election win by a Democrat is a wake up call for Republicans in Wisconsin.
— Scott Walker (@ScottWalker) January 17, 2018
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) also added that his party needs to “pay attention” more.
Ryan stated, “I know this district fairly well. It’s not my district. It’s over in western Wisconsin. But typically, we’ve held this seat. And we lost this seat last night. So yeah, I think we should pay attention to it.”
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