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Democrats gain Missouri House seat in area that backed Trump

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Democrat Mike Revis of Fenton defeated Republican David Linton in a close race Tuesday to win a suburban St. Louis seat vacated last September by the resignation of Republican Rep. John McCaherty.(Credit: Facebook) Democrat Mike Revis of Fenton defeated Republican David Linton in a close race Tuesday to win a suburban St. Louis seat vacated last September by the resignation of Republican Rep. John McCaherty.(Credit: Facebook)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Democrats have picked up a Missouri House seat previously held by Republicans in a district that voted overwhelmingly for President Donald Trump in 2016.

Democrat Mike Revis of Fenton defeated Republican David Linton in a close race Tuesday to win a suburban St. Louis seat vacated last September by the resignation of Republican Rep. John McCaherty. Revis won 51 percent of the vote.

"I am surprised at how quickly the word has spread from coast to coast about this race," Revis said.

Revis said the calls have been coming all day and the headlines across the country are touting him as a democratic flipper.

He’s been characterized as the fresh face that cashed in on the unpopularity of President Trump and one who won in a place where republicans usually win big

Revis though thinks it's about more than that.

"I don't think this was a retaliation vote against the president,” he said. “This was a retaliation vote against the attacks on the working class and the labor community."

At 27 years old, Revis thinks this is just the start of something big.

"I've always thought about it. It came sooner in my life than I anticipated, but I just felt a calling to do what was right and be proactive and take a stand."

Republicans kept hold of three other seats in Tuesday's special elections to replace GOP House members who resigned.

When the newly elected House members are sworn into office, Republicans will hold a 115-47 majority over Democrats with one remaining vacancy.

The national Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee says it has now flipped 35 seats previously held by Republicans in contested elections for state legislatures across the country since President Donald Trump won election in November 2016.

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