Democrats across the country are upbeat after the party took a Jefferson County-based House seat that was held for nearly eight years by a Republican and was won handily by President Donald Trump in 2016.
Missouri’s four special elections Tuesday saw the GOP hold on to three seats and Democrats flip one. But that one is seen by Democrats a morale boost for a state party that’s seen its legislative fortunes evaporate over the past few election cycles.
Democrat Mike Revis bested Republican nominee David Linton for the vacant 97th District House seat by 108 votes. Revis, who works at A-B InBev, will succeed Republican John McCaherty, who resigned in order to undertake an ultimately scuttled Jefferson County executive bid.
Republican candidates ended up winning three other special elections on Tuesday, meaning the GOP still possesses a commanding majority in the Missouri House. But Revis’ win caught the attention of Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez, who said in a statement that Revis’ victory shows that “voters reject a Republican agenda that prioritizes the wealthiest at the expense of hardworking families.”