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Democrat wins Kentucky House district Trump won by 49%

Visitors at the Kentucky Capitol building. Photo: Bill Pugliano / Getty Images

Democrat Linda Belcher won a special election to represent Kentucky's 49th district in the state House Tuesday. She was elected 68–32 in a district that President Trump won 72–23 in 2016, per the Washington Post.

  • The backdrop: Belcher was first elected in 2008 and then unseated by Republican pastor Dan Johnson. In December 2017, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting uncovered an incident in which Johnson allegedly molested a 17-year-old girl. Johnson's seat became open after he committed suicide amid the scandal. Belcher's opponent in the special election was Johnson's widow, Rebecca.
  • The trend: Every local race is different, but we've now seen a number of big swings around the country toward the Democrats.
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D.C.'s March for our Lives: "The voters are coming"

Protestor at D.C.'s March for our Lives.
Protestor at D.C.'s March for our Lives. Photo: Axios' Stef Kight.

D.C.'s March for our Lives event is expected to see more than half a million participants.

Why it matters: While D.C. is the primary march, there are hundreds of others around the world and across the country. Led by students, the march is "to demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address" gun issues, per the organization's mission statement.

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How Trump created a new era of high risk

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On Jan. 26, just over a year into his presidency, President Trump had a president's dream: peace and prosperity. The Dow Jones industrial average, S&P 500 and Nasdaq all hit record highs.

Where it stands: Since then, Trump has injected multiple new risks into the system.