While President Donald Trump and his administration distracted the mainstream media with a fresh scandal, Democrats in two Oklahoma districts were busy changing the local political landscape. Two deep red districts have turned blue as citizens voted to send two more Democrats to the Oklahoma state House and Senate.
Michael Brooks-Jiminez replaced Republican Joe Griffin in the special election for the state senate seat in the historically red 44th district, and Karen Gaddis will now be heading to the House to represent Oklahoma's 75th district instead of Republican Tressa Nunley. In November 2016, Gaddis lost with only 40 percent of the vote, but on Tuesday she won with 52 percent of the vote. Brooks-Jimenez won his district with nearly 55 percent of the vote, a steep rise from the 42 percent the former Democratic runner lost with last year.
The Oklahoma special election is just one recent Democratic success. In May, Democrats flipped legislative seats in New Hampshire and New York, and they've also held onto to critical states like Iowa, Virginia, Connecticut, Delaware, and South Carolina. Additionally, they've surpassed expectations in 19 of the 26 special elections held since Trump's election, indicating that the Republican's hold over the country is slipping.
If the GOP is going to maintain control over the government, they can't afford to lose seats like the ones in Oklahoma. Confidence in victory is equivalent to biting the political bullet (the Democrats know something about this after last year) and 2018 and 2020 are not that far away. Citizens are starting to swing Left, and the Republican's ultimately have a White House to lose.
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