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Illustration: Lazaro Gamio / Axios

Democrats have recently taken six state House or Senate seats from Republicans. And they're in districts Trump won by large margins.

Why this matters: After getting swept in U.S. House special elections after Trump's win, Democratic success at the local level is an uplifting sign for the party, especially as state legislatures will be in charge of congressional redistricting ahead of 2022 elections.

Go deeper: Forward Majority, a new super PAC, is raising $100m to help Democrats win state races ahead of the next round of congressional redistricting.

1. State House race for New Hampshire's 9th district

  • Democrat Charley St. Clair beat Republican Steven Whalley with 56% of the vote (he didn't run in 2016)
  • Seat formerly held by Republican Rep. Robert Fisher
  • He resigned in May after it was revealed he founded the controversial Reddit forum "Red Pill" and faced perjury charges
  • Trump won with 76% of the vote

2. State House race for New Hampshire's 6th district

  • Democrat Edith DesMarais beat Republican Matthew Plache with 52% of the vote (she didn't run in 2016)
  • Seat formerly held by Republican Harold Parker who resigned in December to become policy adviser to Gov. Chris Sununu
  • Trump won with 51% of the vote

3. State House race for Oklahoma's 75th district

  • Democrat Karen Gaddis beat Republican Tressa Nunley with 52% of the vote (she lost to the incumbent in 2016)
  • Seat formerly held by Republican Rep. Dan Kirby who resigned in February after two former aides accused him of sexual harassment, which he denied.
  • Trump with 58% of the vote

4. State Senate race for Oklahoma's 44th district

  • Democrat Michael Brooks beat Republican Joe Griffin with 52% of the vote (he lost to the incumbent in 2014)
  • Seat formerly held by Republican state Sen. Ralph Shortey who resigned in March after facing three felony charges related to alleged engagement in child prostitution
  • Trump won with 57% of the vote

5. State House race for Oklahoma's 46th district

  • Democrat Jacob Rosencrants beat Republican Darin Chambers with 60% of the vote (he lost to the incumbent in 2016)
  • Seat formerly held by Republican Rep. Scott Martin who resigned in March to become president of the Norman Chamber of Commerce
  • Interesting note: This district's vote completely flipped from last year to this year — in 2016, the Republican candidate won 60% of the vote and a Republican has held this seat since 1995.
  • Trump won with 57% of the vote

6. State Assembly race for New York's 9th district

  • Democrat Christine Pellegrino beat Republican Thomas Gargiulo with 52% of the vote
  • Seat formerly held by Republican Joseph Saladino who resigned in January to become town supervisor of Oyster Bay, NY.
  • Trump won with 60% of the vote

What to watch for: Republican state Sen. Bryce Marlatt of Oklahoma's 27th district resigned earlier this week after charges of sexual battery against a female Uber driver. There are now three vacant Senate seats up for grabs in Oklahoma, all previously held by Republicans. And two races in the special general election on Nov. 14: Oklahoma's House District 76 race, after the seat was left vacant following the death of Republican Rep. David Brumbaugh, and Oklahoma's Senate District 45 race, which is vacant after Republican state Sen. Kyle Loveless resigned amid allegations of campaign finance allegations. But even if they sweep these races, Democrats would be more than a dozen seats from a majority in Oklahoma's 101-seat House.

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Venezuela suspends talks with opposition after Maduro ally extradited to U.S.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, in June. Photo: Gaby Oraa/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A key ally of Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro was extradited from Cape Verde to the U.S. Saturday to face money laundering charges in Florida, Bloomberg first reported.

Why it matters: Venezuela's government called off negotiations with opposition officials that were scheduled for Sunday in Mexico in response to the extradition of Alex Saab, a Colombian businessman and financial fixer for Maduro.

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5 times as many police officers have died from COVID as from guns since pandemic began

Photo: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

COVID-19 is the leading cause of death for police officers even though members of law enforcement were among the first to be eligible to receive the vaccine, CNN reports, citing data from the Officer Down Memorial Page.

Why it matters: Nearly 476 police officers have died of COVID-19 since the pandemic started, compared to the 93 deaths as a result of gunfire in the same time period, according to ODMP and CNN.

Virginia energy giant quietly boosts McAuliffe

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks during a campaign rally on Oct. 15 in Henrico, Virginia. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Virginia Democrat Terry McAuliffe has sworn off money from the Richmond company Dominion Energy. But the utility has found more subtle ways to back McAuliffe's gubernatorial bid, records show.

Driving the news: Dominion's political action committee has donated $200,000 to a murky political group called Accountability Virginia PAC, a group with ties to prominent Democrats that's been running ads attacking Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin from the right.