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Dems flip GOP-held legislative seat in Missouri

Lauren Arthur
Democrats on Tuesday added to their list of special election wins in Republican districts since President Trump took office, picking up a Missouri state Senate district in suburban Kansas City.
 
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.
 
{mosads}The district favored Trump over Hillary Clinton 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 Blunt (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 McCaskill (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.
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