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 ClintonNevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote 2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests Iowa Democrats brace for caucus turnout surge 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 BluntHillicon Valley: Trump takes flak for not joining anti-extremism pact | Phone carriers largely end sharing of location data | Huawei pushes back on ban | Florida lawmakers demand to learn counties hacked by Russians | Feds bust 0M cybercrime group Top Republican says Senate unlikely to vote on any election security bills San Francisco becomes first city to ban facial recognition technology 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 McCaskillLobbying world Big Dem names show little interest in Senate Gillibrand, Grassley reintroduce campus sexual assault bill 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.