WASHINGTON — Results are in from last week’s Kentucky special election in SD-26 and Democrats flipped this seat from red to blue in a district Trump won by over 12 points. The seat had previously been held by a Republican for more than 25 years. Dr. Karen Berg, a physician, assistant professor, and life-long resident of the district, brings Democrats one step closer to breaking the GOP supermajority in the chamber. Dr. Berg outperformed Trump by 4 points when the race was called.
“Despite only one polling place being open in Louisville, Dr. Karen Berg won her race thanks to a great campaign and voter’s rejection of the extreme GOP agenda,” said Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee President Jessica Post. “By flipping this seat from red to blue, Dr. Berg brought Democrats closer to breaking the Republican supermajority in the state Senate, which would give Gov. Beshear some veto power. Her win sends a message to Republicans that Democrats are energized and ready to win all across the country this year — even in Mitch McConnell’s backyard. Yet another Democratic flip in a Trump district should worry the GOP.”
Since Trump’s election, the DLCC has flipped more than 450 seats and 10 chambers red to blue. Earlier this year, the DLCC announced its $50 million “Flip Everything” campaign to win legislative majorities across the country this year.