It was a bad/good news day as Republican Ron Estes won the US House special election in Kansas (53 to 46). The race had become surprisingly competitive in the last few weeks with the wave of Democratic activism. Hope had grown that the seat might be flipped, not only giving Dems another seat, but presumably indicating a more significant turn in next year’s midterm elections. So, no win on that front, but I think we can take heart in the graph above from The NYT. It shows the dramatic shift this vote represents for this historically red district. There are still a few more special elections coming up, here mapped, along with state level races, by another new resistance website called flippable).