Democrat Linda Belcher takes deep-red Kentucky seat, the 37th flip since Trump’s inauguration

“Trump won this district by 50 points. Linda Belcher just took this Kentucky House seat by 36 — an 86-point turnaround.”

From The Daily Beast:

Democrat Linda Belcher triumphed in a special election on Tuesday night in a deep-red Kentucky district where President Trump previously won by a whopping 50-point margin.

Belcher defeated Republican Rebecca Johnson 68 percent to 32 percent — an 86-point swing from the 2016 presidential election result.

House District 49 voted overwhelmingly for Trump, by a margin of 72 percent to 23 percent. However, Belcher has previously represented the district and narrowly lost a re-election bid in 2016 by less than 200 votes (PDF).

The seat, located in Bullitt County, just south of Louisville, was vacated in December after former Rep. Dan Johnson, committed suicide just two days after being accused of molesting a 17-year-old girl. His widow, Rebecca, who has denied the allegations about her former husband, decided within a day to run for the seat. […]

Belcher’s win marks the 37th legislative seat changing hands from Republican to Democrat since Trump’s inauguration. It is also the fourth to flip just this year, following wins by Margaret Good in Florida’s 72nd District last week as well as wins in deep-red Missouri and Wisconsin.