Linda Belcher Wins Re-Election in Deep-Red Kentucky!

22 February, 2018, 01:04 | Author: Gregory Stephens
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The day after his death, his widow, Rebecca Johnson, announced her candidacy for the seat.

Her victory Tuesday is the latest in a series of Democratic triumphs in special elections across the country over the past year.

Belcher's win marks the 37th state seat Democrats have flipped this election cycle.

First, Belcher beat Republican Rebecca Johnson 68-32 in what's considered relatively high turnout for an off-year special election.

Dan Johnson killed himself in December after adamantly denying the sexual assault allegations from the pulpit of his church.

Belcher had previously served as the representative for Kentucky's 49th District for two terms, from 2009 to 2012 and from 2014 to 2017, until Dan Johnson won in 2016, The Huffington Post reported.


She described Rebecca Johnson as "a die hard, stand by your man kind of woman" who in reality was "hanging on to a bunch of lies" in relation to her husband.

Democrats say it is proof that their party is gaining momentum ahead of the midterm elections.

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. "I think this shows the entire House, the Kentucky House, is in play".

In their lone face-to-face encounter, Linda Belcher channeled her animated likeness and told Johnson, "I was gonna punch you, but I'm holding wine". It is the third time voters have elected Belcher, who was first elected in 2008 when she replaced her husband on the ballot after he was killed in a auto wreck.

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

While Johnson skipped the only debate in the race, citing a campaign conflict, Democrats invested heavily in the seat, buying TV ads and sending out well-known Kentucky Democrats to campaign for Belcher.

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