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Special election hangover for House Democrats brings consternation over shrinking majority
cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 12/11/2013 | Ryan Alessi

Posted on 12/11/2013 8:11:49 PM PST by Republican Wildcat

[Kentucky] State House Republicans emerged Wednesday with another member added to their ranks and an added swagger as they continue their slow creep to within sniffing distance of tying up or taking control of the state House.

Meanwhile, Democrats rushed to downplay the significance of their candidate’s narrow loss in Tuesday night’s special election in the 7th state House District in Union County and Henderson and Daviess counties.

Republican Suzanne Miles of Owensboro finished 112 votes ahead of Democratic candidate Kim Humphrey of Morganfield, according to unofficial results. Democrats have asked for a recanvass to double-check the vote totals.

Party switching parlor game

With Miles’ win giving Republicans 46 members and cutting the Demcoratic majority to its modern-day low-water mark of 54, that has given rise to the Frankfort parlor game of speculating whether any Democratic incumbents might switch parties now the way Senators Dan Seum and Bob Leeper did in 1999 to give Republicans control of the state Senate.

Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo said no:

It’s still a long shot for four or more Democrats to switch parties before the 2014 elections. House Democrats have tried to close ranks and guard against defections by doling out committee chairmanships to Democrats in conservative or swing districts.

And with 2014 being a budget session, switching parties and risking the ire of their former Democratic colleagues could result in fewer projects and programs for their districts.

Republican Party Chairman Steve Robertson declined to comment on the prospect of recruiting any incumbent Democrats to switch.

But he said Miles’ win has “re-energized our folks who are considering running” in other House districts next year.

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons; Politics/Elections; US: Kentucky
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1 posted on 12/11/2013 8:11:49 PM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: Republican Wildcat

Ditch Mitch, ‘rat that he is.

2 posted on 12/11/2013 8:15:59 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Republican Wildcat
Why does any Southern State have any Democrats in control of any branch of it's government?

The Democrat Party hates the South!

3 posted on 12/11/2013 9:46:30 PM PST by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: fortheDeclaration
*ans*: nothing to do with politics..we vote
'Rat even if it's a "yellow dog".. an family tradition.

4 posted on 12/11/2013 10:14:18 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi :-)
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To: Republican Wildcat
Democrats have asked for a re-canvass to double-check the vote totals...

As we have seen in the past this isn't over until they find 113 missing votes.

5 posted on 12/12/2013 3:36:49 AM PST by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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