Aside from the controversies and criticisms that have clouded his presidency since his first day in office, President Donald Trump quickly sank from hero to zero among a large portion of his voter base. Disastrous policy proposals far more radical than many had expected lost Trump a lot of support, and California showed its disapproval with their 2018 primary votes. The popularity with which he pulled off his unexpected victory in the 2016 presidential elections have since faded as numerous shifts in the political paradigm following his election started depicting the changing tides.
Perhaps one of the most blatant examples of these changes was seen in the various special elections held throughout 2017, the majority of which swung in favor of Democrats, even in instances where the elections were being held in previously Trump-won territory. One by one, as these elections started to expose the unpopular sentiment around the Trump administration, and by association the GOP party as a whole, it became evident that the Republican party’s majority grip over Congress would soon be challenged in this year’s midterm elections.
#BREAKING Democratic candidate Lauren Arthur wins a special election for Missouri’s 17th’ state Senate District, swinging the district by 24 points and FLIPPING control from R to D. This is the 45th legislative seat Democrats have flipping from R to D since the 2016 election. pic.twitter.com/HRiXVUUmER
— G. Elliott Morris (@gelliottmorris) June 6, 2018
The primary elections held in seven different states on Tuesday further assured the GOP that their fears of losing their voter base are justified, as yet another special election went in favor of the Democrats. According to a report by Vox:
‘Democratic candidate Lauren Arthur won a special election for a formerly GOP-held Missouri state Senate seat Tuesday night by a 20-point margin.
That’s the 42nd state legislative seat Democrats have flipped since Donald Trump’s inauguration, and though that only slightly reverses Democrats’ massive down-ballot losses during the Obama administration, it’s a pretty solid downpayment considering that few seats have been up so far.’
Democrat Lauren Arthur has won a state Senate seat in Missouri's 17th district, defeating her Republican opponent by 19-points in a district that went for Trump by 4-points (a 23-point swing).
This is the 42nd red-to-blue flip of the election cycle. https://t.co/MUNBljYAnX
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 6, 2018
Not only was the election’s outcome beneficial for Democrats, it shed light on the patterns seen in 2017 and is an indication of what may come in November’s midterms elections. Voting data shows that Arthur’s newly-won district had voted in favor of Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential elections. Trump won the district by a 4 percent margin, 49 percent to 45 percent over Hillary Clinton.
Congratulations Senator Arthur! It’s a flip…red to blue. Thanks to all the hard work of Lauren and many volunteers we have won a state senate seat that Trump won and was held by a Republican. By a lot!! Not even close….
— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) June 6, 2018
The seat won by Arthur, which covers parts of Kansas City’s suburban neighborhoods, initially became available when Republican State Senator Ryan Silvey decided to leave his post for a position at the Public Service Commission. Even with the loss of a Republican-held seat that went to the Democrats, the Missouri state legislature will remain a GOP stronghold, with Republicans in a majority 24 seats of the total 34 available in the state Senate.
BLOWOUT! Clay County Democrats flip a red senate seat BLUE! Congratulations Clay County Democrats and Lauren Arthur! She will be our new state senator!
— Show-Me Democrats (@ShowMeDemocrats) June 6, 2018
The special elections, although not significant enough to impact the controlling majority that Republicans hold, is crucial due to the fact that it showed Democratic voters turning out to cast their ballot in these normally low-turnout elections. A large part of Donald Trump’s victory in 2016 came as a result of low voter turnout on behalf of Democrats, as many believed Clinton to be the undeniable victor heading into the vote. However, as the results proved otherwise, Democrats have mobilized in their activism and engagement, and if Arthur’s victory is any indication, the GOP may be in for a rude awakening come November.
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