Democrats hold seat in Connecticut House special election

A special election for District 130 of the Connecticut House of Representatives was held on May 7. Unofficial results showed 23-year-old Antonio Felipe (D) winning with 47.2% of the vote. Felipe will be the youngest member in the state House. The second place finisher, Kate Rivera, earned 34.8% of the vote and was the first petition candidate running for the Connecticut General Assembly to qualify for full public campaign financing.
District 130 became vacant after Ezequiel Santiago (D) passed away on March 15, 2019. He had represented the district since 2009.
Following the special election, the Connecticut House of Representatives has 91 Democrats and 60 Republicans. A majority in the chamber requires 76 seats. Connecticut has a Democratic state government trifecta. A trifecta exists when one political party simultaneously holds the governor’s office and majorities in both state legislative chambers.
As of May, 55 state legislative special elections have been scheduled or held in 22 states. Between 2011 and 2018, an average of 77 special elections took place each year.
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