GOP Makes Big Comeback in Elections

After a mixed November election, Republicans have struck back to win multiple state seats. The Free Beacon reports:

The Republican Party has flipped four state legislative seats from Democratic control since the start of 2019, reversing political trends witnessed over the past two years.

On Tuesday, Republicans won a special election for the Kentucky state senate in a district where more than 60 percent of voters are registered Democrats, as reportedby The Hill. The Republican nominee, Philip Wheeler, bested his opponent, Democrat Darrell Pugh, by a 52-to-48 percent margin.

The special election for the eastern-Kentucky district followed the resignation of long-term incumbent Ray Jones, who was elected to a local judgeship. Jones, who served as the state senate’s minority leader prior to his departure, won reelection in 2016 with more than 70 percent of the vote. At the same time, President Donald Trump received nearly 80 percent of the vote in the district over former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

The race, which saw both candidates touting their pro-life, pro-coal, and pro-Second Amendment credentials, was widely painted as a referendum on incumbent Republican governor Matt Bevin. The GOP’s strong showing in the eastern-Kentucky bolsters Bevin, who has seen a rise in his unpopularity rating, as he prepares to seek reelection to a second term this year.

These series of elections show that there is no permanent victories in politics.


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