Monday, 15 October, 2018

Former Kentucky Rep. Wins Back Her Old Seat In Another Democratic Flip

Rebecca Johnson Rebecca Johnson
Kenny Thornton | 21 February, 2018, 20:28

Dan Johnson killed himself in December after adamantly denying the sexual assault allegations from the pulpit of his church.

Democrat Linda Belcher, left, won the Kentucky House of Representatives seat representing the 49th District. The Johnsons had previously generated controversy with their social media posts; Dan had posted images that depicted the Obamas as apes, and Rebecca shared memes that made light of domestic violence and drug use, and endorsed secession.

She described Rebecca Johnson as "a die hard, stand by your man kind of woman" who in reality was "hanging on to a bunch of lies" in relation to her husband. "A lot of things like that come out, sometimes they are true and sometimes they are not", Carmony.

In the end, Belcher easily defeated Johnson, marking the 37th Democratic victory in a Republican-held state legislative seat since the start of 2017. And it may have come in the reddest district to date.

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Belcher lost her seat in the 2016 Trump landslide in Kentucky, but this time reclaimed Bullitt County district by a more than two-to-one margin, defeating her GOP opponent Johnson by 68 points to 32 points.

But, despite the Democratic victory lap, Republicans in Kentucky and nationally are urging perspective on their losses, saying that special elections are not a reliable barometer of the broader political landscape. "Turnout was low, even by special-election standards, and the impact of recent events hung over the race, clouding the outcome", Tres Watson, a spokesman for the Kentucky Republican Party, wrote in a statement Tuesday.

Despite the lopsided results, Johnson refused to concede, citing "widespread voter fraud". 'It's like we are in a third world country'. If she wins, she would face Belcher again in the general election. It is the third time voters have elected Belcher, who was first elected in 2008 when she replaced her husband on the ballot after he was killed in a auto wreck. Johnson's widow, Rebecca, attempted to fill his seat but was no match for the district's previous seat holder.

"We ran a very positive campaign", Belcher told the website, "and we were trying to reach out and touch the people of Bullitt County - and we did".

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