Democrats just scored a stunning victory in tonight’s Missouri special election

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In another devastating blow to Trump and his party, Democrats have scored yet another victory in deep red territory.

Democrat Mike Revis has edged out his Republican challenger, David Linton, in tonight’s race to represent Missouri’s House district 97 by a razor thin margin of 51.6 percent to 48.4 percent, flipping the long-held Republican seat to Democratic control.

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The Republican loss is all the more impressive considering Trump won the 97th district by a staggering 28 points during the 2016 presidential election, 61 percent to 33 percent. In total, from the 2016 election to tonight, the district has swung a monumental 30+ points to the left.

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Tonight’s victory is only the latest in a wave of stunning Democratic success stories around the country. Thus far, Democrats have unseated Republicans in a vast number of what were thought to be unwinnable races. Aside from flipping New Jersey’s and winning Virginia’s gubernatorial races, Democrats also earned a historic victory electing Doug Jones to the Alabama Senate, the first time that a Democrat has won in that state in a quarter century.

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Democrats have also picked up a slew of seats in other races around the country, including those in Georgia, Washington, and Florida.

Since the beginning of 2017, Democrats have flipped 16 seats in special elections. Republicans have only flipped three. In total, Democrats have flipped 36 seats from red to blue since Trump’s inauguration. Even in solidly red districts, such as those in Oklahoma, South Carolina, Kansas, Alabama, Tennessee, and now Missouri, Democrats are overperforming Trump’s numbers by double digits.

As the Trump administration and its Republican enablers in Congress continue their assault on the will of the American people – from healthcare to tax cuts for the rich to net neutrality to immigration – voters across the country are delivering a serious message to the White House, one race at a time.

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If tonight’s Missouri results are duplicated around the country in the upcoming midterm elections, the entire Republican Party will be on life support.

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Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

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