Pundits have been saying that the Democrats will probably lose the midterm 2022 elections. But they could be really wrong about that. If the Supreme Court overturns a woman’s right to an abortion, chances are women will come out to vote in droves. Take a look at a special election for the Massachusetts House. Abraham Lincoln was president the last time Republicans lost that state seat. Something rather wonderful happened this time around.
Jamie Zahlaway Belsito (D) took the seat for Democrats in the election, winning with 55.4 percent of the electorate and defeating Robert Snow (R). The last time a Democrat held that seat was in 1858, over 150 years ago.
There were 66 state legislative special elections in 2021 spread over 21 states. In the years from 2011 to 2020, states across the nation averaged 75 special elections each year. During that time, Massachusetts had 45 special elections, according to Ballotpedia.
Bradford Hill (R) resigned from the position in mid-September to take another one with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. He held the 4th Essex District for 22 years. The special election was held on November 30, according to The Ipswich News.
The makeup of the Massachusetts House of Representatives was “129 Democrats, 29 Republicans, and one independent.” in order to hold the majority in Massachusetts, a party must have 81 seats. The state’s electorate includes a Republican governor. But the Democrats hold both the state House and Senate.
Hill was second in line in the Massachusetts House minority caucus. When he was first elected, he won over Patrick McNally, 63 percent to 37 percent. Since then, he often ran unopposed.
Senior Producer for MSNBC’ Last Word Kyle Griffin tweeted:
‘Democrats won a special election in Massachusetts, flipping a state House seat that Republicans have held since before Lincoln was president.’
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