A retired school teacher and former Democratic lawmaker, Belcher won her seat Tuesday after a special election.
Kentucky Democrats on Tuesday reclaimed a rural district in the state House of Representatives that went heavily for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTillerson: Russia already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: "We have a Napoleon in the making" MORE in 2016.
Her victory Tuesday is the latest in a series of Democratic triumphs in special elections across the country over the past year.
Belcher's "lifelong commitment to bettering her community and her door-to-door campaign showcased her dedication to standing up for Kentuckians", Jessica Post, executive director of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, said in a statement.
The seat was previously held by Dan Johnson, a controversial former pastor who committed suicide in December, a day after a media investigation exposed allegations that he sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl.
Mrs Johnson has strenuously denied the sexual abuse allegations against her husband, claiming he was a victim of 'an assault from the left'.
Rebecca Johnson, the defeated Republican candidate, is Johnson's widow. Rebecca Johnson, a Republican, received 1,561 votes, according to official results from Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.
Still, Belcher improved by 18 points on her own margin from just 15 months ago - a very clear sign of Democrats' down-ballot recovery in the Trump era. 'Our strategies worked. We ran a very positive campaign and we were trying to reach out and touch the people of Bullitt County and we did. Linda Belcher served in the legislature from 2008 to 2012 and 2014 to 2016 before losing to Dan Johnson. It is the third time voters have elected Belcher, who was first elected in 2008 when she replaced her husband on the ballot after he was killed in a vehicle wreck. "It's like we're in a Third World country". "I think this shows the entire House, the Kentucky House, is in play". If she wins, she would face Belcher again in the general election.
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