Democrats successfully converted another state legislative seat in a special election earlier in the week. Missouri featured four special elections for the state House of Representatives, all from red districts. The 97th HD, in the far southern St. Louis suburbs, went to Democrat Mike Revis on a 52-48% vote. The result is significant because President Trump scored a 61-33% win here in 2016.
Other points also to consider: Republicans held the other three districts so it is difficult to argue that a wave formed for this special election cycle. Still, three of the four seats did perform substantially under Trump’s showing, but it is important to remember that the turnout was below 3,500 voters in three of the four districts, including HD-97. This means between a quarter and a third of the voters who participated in the presidential election returned to cast a ballot this week.
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