Republican Phillip Wheeler Flips Fourth State Legislative Seat in 2019 – Democrats Have Flipped None
WASHINGTON (March 5, 2019) – Republicans flipped their fourth state legislative seat of the year tonight in Kentucky Senate District 31. In a district where 61% of the voters are registered Democrats, Republican Phillip Wheeler will replace the seat once occupied by entrenched Senate Democrat Leader Ray Jones.
“If the shoe were on the other foot, this would be the time Democrats would be lining up the stories of doom for Republicans in 2019 with Democrat-friendly press outlets,” said Matt Walter, President of the Republican State Leadership Committee. “Instead, Republicans are congratulating Phillip Wheeler for building on the successes of the GOP over the past decade at the state level, putting an exclamation point on Republicans’ ability to win challenging elections, while Democrats continue to litigate and rig the system for political advantage. Simply put, Republicans run better candidates who better represent the interests of their districts, and good policy always yields good politics,” Walter added.
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