Dems Pick Up Deep-Red Legislative Seat In A Missouri District That Went 28 Percent For Racist Trump

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Democrats won an exurban St. Louis seat in the Missouri state House of Representatives on Tuesday, racking up another victory in a district carried easily by racist President Trump in the 2016 election.  Voters in Jefferson County appeared to choose Mike Revis, a 27-year old Democrat, to fill a seat left vacant when the incumbent quit to run for county executive. With all ten precincts within the district reporting, Revis led Republican David Linton by 108 votes, or about three percentage points.

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If Revis’s lead holds, it would mark a significant swing from 2016, when President Trump won the district by a 61 percent to 33 percent margin.

 

Four years before that, Gov. Mitt Romney  beat President Obama in the district, south and west of St. Louis, by a 55- to 43-percent margin.   Democrats will portray the unexpected win Tuesday as more evidence that the party’s voters are fired up ahead of November’s midterm elections.

 

Revis is the second Democrat this year to win a Republican-held seat in a state legislative race, after Democrat Patty Schachtner won a state Senate seat in Wisconsin.

 

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett

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