The Democrats won the special election in Missouri in a district Trump won by 28 points in 2016. Tis upset victory marks the 35th seat flip from GOP to Democrat since Trump’s inauguration. While there were three other special elections in the state on Tuesday, which Republicans won, the Democratic victory marks a major change in favor of them.
Democrat Mike Revis won by three points, marking a 31-point swing in the district from 2016. According to the Daily Beast, Revis defeated GOP candidate David C. Linton in the special election to replace Representative John McCaherty, who left the office to focus on his run for Jerfferson County executive.
“Representative-elect Mike Revis’s victory tonight will undoubtedly send another shockwave through the GOP as we continue to run the best candidates focused on addressing local issues and improving their neighbors’ quality of life,” Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Executive Director Jessica Post said in a statement. “The DLCC continues to be impressed by our dedicated and talented slate of candidates, who have stepped up to run in these precedent-setting special elections."
With so many upsets happening in favor of Democratic victories, it seems like Trump’s presidency could be causing galvanization among the party. And with the 2018 elections looming closer and closer, hopefully this trend will continue.