Democrats Flip State Senate Seat in Northwest Missouri

Lauren Arthur wins special election Tuesday night

June 06, 2018 - 6:17 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Democratic state representative Lauren Arthur has flipped a state Senate seat in Missouri's first special election since Republican Eric Greitens resigned as governor.

Arthur won Tuesday night over Republican state representative Kevin Corlew.  Both Arthur and Corlew were critics of Greitens.

Arthur will represent most of Clay County, a suburban area north of downtown Kansas City,  previously represented by Republican Ryan Silvey, who stepped down in January.

This is the 42nd Republican-to-Democrat flip since President Donald Trump took office. 

DNC Chair Tom Perez released a statement following Arthur's victory.  "(Tuesday's) result is the latest example of the unprecedented energy we're seeing across the country, and further proof that when we organize, we can win everywhere.  The DNC is proud to stand with the Missouri Democratic Party to support leaders like Lauren who will fight every day for working families."

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill also celebrated Arthur's victory on social media.