Linda Belcher Wins Re-Election in Deep-Red Kentucky!

Democrats gained a seat in the Kentucky state House on Tuesday, as Linda Belcher won back the District 49 seat she narrowly lost in 2016 in the special election to replace former Republican Representative Dan Johnson, who killed himself in December.

The wife of Kentucky state Rep. Dan Johnson, who killed himself previous year amid allegations of sexual assault, has lost a bid to succeed her late husband. The election was held in the wake of a pastor-turned-politician Dan Johnson's suicide, which occurred two days after the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting published accusations that he sexually assaulted a minor.

Rebecca Johnson, the defeated Republican candidate, is Johnson's widow. One week earlier, Democrats won an upset victory in Sarasota, Florida; one week before that, the party flipped control of a legislative seat in Missouri.

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The day before Johnson took his own life, he spoke from the pulpit at his Heart of Fire Church in the Fern Creek neighborhood of Louisville to denounce the allegations, calling them "fake news". She won more than 68 percent of the vote in the special election.

James Carmony, 47, said he wasn't sure he believed the sexual assault allegations and said he ultimately voted for Johnson because she is a Republican and he believed she would support the state's GOP governor.

"We are confident we will have continued success during the 2018 midterm elections". "This just shows that the entire House is up for grabs this fall".

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'The big story out of Bullitt County appears to be voter fraud, ' David Adams, Johnson's campaign manager said in a text message.

Belcher, former school teacher and principal, also entered politics after her husband died in a 2008 vehicle accident.

"I've heard from and about people all day long saying they went to vote for me at the correct polling place and were refused the opportunity to vote", she said.

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Belcher previously held the seat from 2008 to 2012 and from 2014 to 2016, when she lost to Dan Johnson, reported.