Wave Not Imminent: Republican State Legislators End 2017 with a Series of Special Election Victories

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David James

Wave Not Imminent: Republican State Legislators End 2017 with a Series of Special Election Victories 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 20th, 2017) — While national pundits fawn over the recent developments in the Virginia House of Delegates, where liberal progressives spent millions to win back already Democrat districts, Republicans won three special elections in Florida, Mississippi, and Tennessee Tuesday night.

RSLC President Matt Walter released the following statement on last night’s victories:

“In the month of December, Republican candidates have won state legislative special elections around the country busting the myth that an electoral wave is imminent. From a Clinton-Obama state senate district in cobalt blue Massachusetts to Florida, Republican candidates are running and winning state legislative elections because they are focusing on the local issues that matter to their constituents. With Republicans controlling 67 of 99 state legislative chambers, Democrats have a long way to go to retake areas that have rejected liberal policies that grow government, not the economy.”

In addition to the Republican victories last night, in recent weeks, Republicans have flipped two state legislative districts most recently held by Democrats. In late November, conservative Neil Whaley won a special election to represent Mississippi’s 10th Senate district which was previously held by Democrat Bill Stone who served as the chamber’s minority Senate leader. In Massachusetts, Republican Dean Tran won a special election to represent the Worcester-Middlesex state Senate district which had been carried by at least 5% by both Democratic presidential nominees in 2016 and 2012. Currently, Tran is the only Vietnamese-American to serve in the Massachusetts legislature. In total, four state legislative seats have flipped from Democratic to Republican control this year.