Dems Flip Deep-Red State House Seat In Missouri Yesterday
Credit: labortribune.com
February 7, 2018

Via The Daily Beast, some encouraging news for Sen. Claire McCaskill, who's running for reelection:

Democratic candidate Mike Revis on Tuesday flipped what had been a deep-red State House seat in Missouri by a 108-vote margin over his Republican opponent.

Revis defeated GOP candidate David C. Linton in the special election to replace Rep. John McCaherty, who left the office to focus on his run for Jefferson County executive.

President Trump won the heavily Republican district by a 61-33 margin in the 2016 election. There were three other special elections in the state on Tuesday night, all of which the Republican party defended. However, there were major net swings towards Democrats.

Revis' win is likely welcome news for Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), thought to be one of the most vulnerable incumbents facing reelection this year in a state that Trump won by over 18 points.

“Representative-elect Mike Revis’s victory tonight will undoubtedly send another shockwave through the GOP as we continue to run the best candidates focused on addressing local issues and improving their neighbors’ quality of life,” Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Executive Director Jessica Post said in a statement. “The DLCC continues to be impressed by our dedicated and talented slate of candidates, who have stepped up to run in these precedent-setting special elections."

This marks the 35th legislative seat nationwide that has flipped since Trump’s inauguration and the second just this year.

The really good news is, Revis is a strong union supporter:

Revis works at Anheuser-Busch and comes from a union family. His father recently retired from Carpenters Local 97 after 40 years in the trade and his mother and sister are union teachers at Rockwood Summit High School. His grandfather and three uncles were also union carpenters.

Revis said he was motivated to run by last year’s passage of so-called “right-to-work” legislation.

“The news about ‘right-to-work’ really set me off and motivated me to run,” Revis said. “For some, saying you are pro-worker is just a bullet point. For me, it’s real life because I grew up in a union family, and I have seen firsthand how unions help their members provide for their families.”

Congratulations, Missouri Dems!

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