Republican Wins Democrat Seat in Kentucky Running Against ObamacarePosted by J Craig on December 11, 2013
Tuesday night in Western Kentucky’s 7th District, Republicans moved closer to flipping the house and taking control in 2014. Suzanne Miles defeated Democrat Kim Humphrey by just 112 votes in a special election to give Republicans 46 seats in the 100-member house. This was a huge upset and a huge win for the GOP because Miles had been trailing Humphrey by 6 points in recent polling. Even more important is that this win gives Republicans the momentum they need to gain control of the State House, which they haven’t controlled since 1921.
Suzanne Miles will take over the seat from Democrat John Arnold, who resigned in September amid allegations of sexually harassing three staffers.This seat had been held by Democrats for decades and Miles won running against Obamacare. This is very telling and could prove to be costly for more Democrats because she was able to have success in using a federal issue to capture a seat in the state legislature.
Humphrey had strong support from Democrat Gov. Steve Beshear. The Democrat Party in Kentucky poured resources in the race and Humphrey also benefited from spending by a third party group, the Democratic Kentucky Family Values PAC. Obamacare, however, apparently trumped all of those advantages. Things are not looking good for Democrats in 2014 as the Obamacare train continues to wreak havoc on the lives of many Americans who are starting to see their tracks pulled up from under them.
The win in Kentucky is extremely significant because of how it was won and how quick Miles was able to come back from being down in the polls. Towards the end of her campaign, she was able to turn the tide because of her strong opposition to the President’s significant achievement, Obamacare.
Miles sounded confident of victory in a statement Tuesday night, saying she will be a strong voice for residents of Daviess, Henderson and Union counties.
“Winning this election puts Kentucky Republicans on a clear path to flipping the House in 2014 and putting Kentucky back on the right track. I am excited to be a part of that change.” – Suzanne Miles, Kentucky State Representative 7th District
Obamacare is causing state house seats to flip, just wait until the Democrats who actually voted for it are up for re-election.
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