Kentucky Democrat who won in Trump district takes office

February 28, 2018

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky Democrat elected to a state House seat in a district Republican President Donald Trump won with 72 percent of the vote has been sworn in to office.

Linda Belcher has replaced former GOP Rep. Dan Johnson, who killed himself last year after facing sexual-assault allegations. Belcher defeated Republican Rebecca Johnson, Dan Johnson’s widow, with 68 percent of the vote in last week’s special election.

Belcher was sworn in Tuesday by Kentucky Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. She will serve the final year of Johnson’s term. Belcher and Johnson both have filed for a full, two-year term and could meet in November.

In another special election, Republican Robert Goforth defeated Democrat Kelly Smith on Tuesday and will replace former GOP Rep. Marie Rader, who resigned in December because of health reasons.

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