The Democratic blue wave appears to be gaining momentum as the months pass and November draws closer. The opposition party flipped its 45th seat tonight as former middle school teacher Lauren Arthur’s early lead in the race for Missouri’s 17th state Senate district turned into a decisive 21-point rout over Republican Kevin Corlew.
Big news! Democrats pick up GOP-held state Senate seat in Missouri special election! Current margin is 60-40, a 24-point swing from Trump's 49-45 win https://t.co/kGChapBHSC
— Daily Kos Elections (@DKElections) June 6, 2018
The surprise victory was a complete reversal from the 2016 election results, which saw Republican incumbent Ryan Silvey defeat Democrat J. Ranen Bechthold by almost the exact same margin, 61-39. Silvey resigned from office earlier this year in order to join the Missouri Public Service Commission, which he was appointed to by the disgraced sexual predator and ex-Governor of Missouri, Eric Greitens.
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Both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton lost this district when they ran for President, and Donald Trump only won it by 5% – quite a significant voter difference in just a year.
One special election tonight is Missouri State Senate District 17, just north of Kansas City. It was R-held and features two State Reps: Lauren Arthur (D) vs Kevin Corlew (R). It was Trump +5, but @JasonKander carried it by 11 & ex-#MOGov Greitens (R) lost it by 4. #SD17 #MOLeg pic.twitter.com/chFAMyeafL
— J. Miles Coleman (@JMilesColeman) June 5, 2018
The victorious Lauren Arthur is as qualified as they come for her new position. She won a coveted endorsement from the Kansas City Star editorial board, who labelled her the “clear choice” and praised her for both her “encyclopedic grasp of policy” and her policy positions, including “opposition to tax cuts that favor corporations over workers, support for the Clean Missouri ethics reforms, full rights for LGBT citizens, allowing Kansas City and other cities to boost their minimum wage and common-sense gun legislation.”
The Democratic Party has a very long road ahead in their efforts to take back our country from the strangling grip of the right-wing extremists that completely control the state governments of 26 states and all three branches of the federal government. This victory tonight, however, is a huge first step in that journey, and it bodes very well for the future indeed.