Democratic State Representative Lauren Arthur has flipped a seat previously held by Republican Ryan Silvey in the special election for Missouri’s 17th Senate district last night. Arthur beat Republican Kevin Corlew by a margin of 19 points — a 44-point swing from 2016, when Silvey won the seat by 23 points. President Trump won the district by a 5-point margin.
Arthur, a former teacher, ran on her record of advocating for children, working families, and seniors. She also pledged to fight against the corruption and dysfunction plaguing Republican-controlled Jefferson City.
When asked about her win, Arthur told the Kansas City Star, “I think we spoke about issues that mattered to [voters]. We spoke about working families and how they’re being left behind… This win didn’t just happen. We had people show up, knock doors and write postcards.”
Arthur’s victory shows that an unprecedented level of energy among Missouri Democrats heading into the 2018 midterms. Following the results, one Republican strategist told the Kansas City Star that, “Every suburban Republican should be petrified tonight. This devastating loss signals they could lose this fall.”