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It wasn’t even close. By over nineteen points.

There was a special election in the 17th Senate District today to fill the vacancy due to Ryan Silvey’s (R) gubernatorial appointment to the Missouri Public Service Commission. The candidates were Representative Lauren Arthur (D) and Representative Kevin Corlew (R).

The republican Missouri Senate Campaign Committee spent a significant amount of money running a contant deluge of nasty fear/immigrant televison ads in the Kansas City media market. Those ads obviously didn’t work in the manner they were intended.

Lauren Arthur (D) [2018 file photo].

The results from the Clay County Board of Election Commisioners:

Clay County – 17th Senate District Special Election – 100% reporting
Corlew – 9,917 40.28%
Arthur – 14,674 59.61%
Write In – 27 0.11%

From Senator Claire McCaskill (D), via Twitter:

Claire McCaskill @clairecmc
Congratulations Senator Arthur! It’s a flip…red to blue. Thanks to all the hard work of Lauren and many volunteers we have won a state senate seat that Trump won and was held by a Republican. By a lot!! Not even close….
8:37 PM – 5 Jun 2018

Well, yes. In the 2016 General Election:

County Results [Clay]
State of Missouri – State of Missouri – General Election, November 08, 2016
U.S. President and Vice President

Hillary Rodham Clinton, Timothy Michael Kaine Democratic 45,304 41.120%
Donald J. Trump, Michael R. Pence Republican 57,476 52.167%
[….]
Governor
Chris Koster Democratic 52,429 47.652%
Eric Greitens Republican 53,883 48.974%
[….]

My, oh my.

2018. There’s trouble brewing.

Previously:

Campaign Finance: About that June 5th special election? (May 28, 2018)

Lauren Arthur (D): in the 17th Senate District special election (May 29, 2018)

Campaign Finance: 8 day reports in the 17th Senate District special election (May 30, 2018)

Campaign Finance: they’re paying for it (June 2, 2018)

Campaign Finance: at the last minute (June 5, 2018)