Democratic lawmakers in the US state of Kentucky have reclaimed a rural district in the state’s legislature that voted heavily for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential elections.
Linda Belcher, a former state legislator who lost her seat in the Trump landslide in Kentucky, reclaimed the Bullitt County district by a more than 2-to-1 margin, defeating her Republican opponent Rebecca Johnson 68 percent to 32 percent.
Johnson is the widow of Republican state lawmaker Dan Johnson, who narrowly defeated Belcher, then an incumbent, in 2016 and committed suicide late last year.
Johnson, a pastor at a local church, had been accused of sexual abuse against a member of his congregation. He strongly denied the accusations, though he killed himself just days after local media reported the allegations.
Rebecca Johnson said she would run to replace her husband less than 24 hours after his death.
The Kentucky district is the 18th formerly…