Democrats picked up another special election victory Tuesday, winning control of a state legislative seat in Connecticut that was previously held by a Republican.
Former Stratford Town Councilman Philip Young (D) defeated another former city official, Bill Cabral, in Connecticut’s House District 120.
The district, southwest of New Haven, gave Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE 49 percent of the vote in 2016, compared with 47 percent for President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE.
Young will replace Laura Hoydick (R), who vacated the seat in January to become Stratford’s mayor.
It is the latest in a string of special elections Democrats have won in GOP-held territory. Just this year, Democrats have picked off Republican-held seats in Missouri, Florida, Kentucky and Wisconsin.
Young will add to the Democratic majority in the Connecticut state House, and Republicans point to Clinton’s margins in the Stratford district as evidence that Democrats were favored to win the seat anyway.
But some GOP officials worry — and Democrats hope — that the run of special election wins for Democratic candidates indicates a growing blue wave ahead of November’s midterm elections.
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