Dems flip GOP-held legislative seat in Missouri

Dems flip GOP-held legislative seat in Missouri
© Lauren Arthur
 
State Rep. Lauren Arthur (D) bested state Rep. Kevin Corlew (R) in Missouri's 17th District, which covers parts of Clay County north of Kansas City.
 
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The district favored Trump over Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton to Trump ahead of Putin summit: 'Do you know which team you play for?' 10 things we learned from Peter Strzok's congressional testimony Get ready for summit with no agenda and calculated risks MORE by a 49 percent to 45 percent margin in 2016. At the same time, the district favored Democrat Jason Kander, who narrowly lost to Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntOvernight Defense: Fallout from tense NATO summit | Senators push to block ZTE deal in defense bill | Blackwater founder makes new pitch for mercenaries to run Afghan war Hillicon Valley: DOJ appeals AT&T-Time Warner ruling | FBI agent testifies in heated hearing | Uproar after FCC changes rules on consumer complaints | Broadcom makes bid for another US company | Facebook under fire over conspiracy sites Hillicon Valley: Justice Department appeals AT&T-Time Warner ruling | New report on election security | FBI agent testifies in marathon hearing MORE (R) that year.
 
The seat came open when the previous incumbent, state Sen. Ryan Silvey (R), quit to join the Public Service Commission. 
 
Republicans will maintain control of the state Senate by a wide margin. Even with Silvey's departure, the GOP holds 24 of the 34 seats in the upper chamber.
 
But the results are another hint that Democratic voters are motivated to show up in low-turnout elections — a trend that could prove decisive in November's midterm elections. 
 
"Congratulations Senator Arthur! It's a flip...red to blue," Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillRed-state Dem tells Schumer to 'kiss my you know what' on Supreme Court vote Analysis: Dark money groups have funded 44 percent of 2018 congressional ads Beto O'Rourke is dominating Ted Cruz in enthusiasm and fundraising — but he's still headed for defeat MORE (D-Mo.), who faces a tough reelection fight this year, wrote on Twitter. "Thanks to all the hard work of Lauren and many volunteers we have won a state senate seat that Trump won and was held by a Republican. By a lot!! Not even close..." 
 
The Missouri seat is the ninth Republican-held state legislative seat that Democrats have won in 2018 alone, and the second in the Show Me State. Republicans have won only one Democratic-held seat, a seat in the Pennsylvania state House.