On August 19th, there were three special elections in Virginia. The Democrats, as expected, were successful in keeping both seats they had in the House of Delegates. Joe Lindsey (D-Norfolk) easily won the 90th District seat held by Algie Howell for over a decade and Rip Sullivan (D-Arlington) handily defeated his Republican opponent in the 48th District which was formerly held by Bob Brink. Both are expected to be seated during the Special Session scheduled for mid-September in Richmond.
The most closely watched race of the evening of course was the Senate race in Southwest. This was called after Phillip Puckett resigned his seat after much controversy in late June. The balance of power was at stake and current Delegate Ben Chafin won, which ensures Tommy Norment and his Republican Caucus keep control of the Chamber for at least the 2015 GA Session.
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Additional Reading on this topic:
GOP WIN IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA SENATE RACE SECURES REPUBLICAN CONTROL OF LEGISLATURE <http://zoom.netatlantic.com/t/16617528/93306772/98724/73/>
By LAURA VOZZELLA AND WESLEY ROBINSON
Republican A. Benton Chafin Jr. won a state Senate seat Tuesday that secured GOP control of the General Assembly, dimming Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s legislative prospects and erasing the last vestige of blue from Southwest Virginia. Chafin, a freshman state delegate, easily defeated Democrat Mike Hymes to fill the Senate seat that Phillip P. Puckett (D-Russell) abruptly resigned in June. The nonpartisan Virginia Public Access Project (VPAP) called the race shortly before 8 p.m.
CHAFIN WINS PUCKETT SEAT; GOP HOLDS SENATE <http://zoom.netatlantic.com/t/16617528/93306772/98725/74/>
By ANDREW CAIN
Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)
Del. A. Benton “Ben” Chafin Jr., R-Russell, won a special election Tuesday for the Southwest Virginia seat formerly held by Sen. Phillip P. Puckett, which means Republicans will maintain control of the state Senate. Chafin easily defeated Democrat Mike Hymes, a Tazewell County supervisor, and independent Rick Mullins.
CHAFIN WINS RACE IN THE 38TH DISTRICT <http://zoom.netatlantic.com/t/16617528/93306772/98726/75/>
By ALLIE ROBINSON GIBSON
Bristol Herald Courier
Republican Ben Chafin said Tuesday night he’s ready to take over the 38th District Senate seat. According to unofficial results in the special election late Tuesday, Chafin, of Hansonville, took about 59 percent of the votes, followed by Democrat Mike Hymes, of Tazewell, at about 32 percent, and independent Rick Mullins, of Clintwood, with nearly 9 percent.
CHAFIN TO MOVE UP FROM DELEGATE TO SENATOR <http://zoom.netatlantic.com/t/16617528/93306772/98727/76/>
By JEFF LESTER
Coalfield Progress (Subscription Required)
State Del. Ben Chafin of Russell County has walked away with an easy victory in the Senate District 38 special election. The Republican attorney, farmer and businessman from House District 4 replaces Democrat Phillip Puckett, tipping control of the state Senate to the GOP. A special election will be needed to fill the second year of Chafin's term in the House district, which includes five precincts in Wise County, all of Dickenson County, most of Russell County and part of Washington County.
DEMOCRAT SULLIVAN HEADED TO THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES <http://zoom.netatlantic.com/t/16617528/93306772/98728/77/>
Democrats retained control of the 48th District House of Delegates seat Tuesday, as voters opted to send Richard "Rip" Sullivan Jr. to Richmond in a special election called to fill the seat of Bob Brink. Sullivan easily defeated Republican David Foster in an election fought out over just a few weeks. With all but the Fairfax absentee vote reported by 8:30 p.m., Sullivan had about 62 percent of the vote to 38 percent for Foster. Sullivan had won every precinct reporting.
FOR INCOMING DEL. SULLIVAN, MEDICAID WILL BE TOP PRIORITY IN RICHMOND <http://zoom.netatlantic.com/t/16617528/93306772/98729/78/>
By SCOTT MCCAFFREY
Richard “Rip” Sullivan Jr. is headed to Richmond with Medicaid on his mind. Sullivan, who on Aug. 19 won the special election in the 48th House of Delegates district, will be sworn in in time to participate in a September special session that will focus, at least in part, on the seemingly intractable issue of Medicaid expansion.
LINDSEY DECLARES WIN IN 90TH HOUSE DISTRICT <http://zoom.netatlantic.com/t/16617528/93306772/98730/79/>
By JANIE BRYANT
Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
Democrat Joseph C. Lindsey, a Norfolk attorney, won Tuesday’s special election to fill the 90th District House seat vacated by the resignation of Del. Algie Howell Jr. Lindsey, 55, handily defeated Republican Marcus A. Calabrese, 29, a public relations consultant, with about 80 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results. The district includes eastern and southern portions of Norfolk and six precincts in western Virginia Beach.