Ben Chafin picked by GOP for Virginia Senate election to replace - WRBL

Ben Chafin picked by GOP for Virginia Senate election to replace Puckett

That special election was called to replace Phillip Puckett, the Democratic State Senator from Russell County who abruptly resigned citing family reasons. That special election was called to replace Phillip Puckett, the Democratic State Senator from Russell County who abruptly resigned citing family reasons.
Southwest Virginia Republicans chose Delegate Ben Chafin Thursday night to run in a special election in the 38th Senatorial District.

At a mass party meeting at the Tazewell County Fairgrounds, 834 people ate a BBQ dinner and then registered to vote for one of three candidates: State Delegate Ben Chafin (R-Russell), former Buchanan County Commonwealth Attorney Tamara Neo, and George McCall, a Richlands banker.

Chafin received 57 % of the vote and told News Channel 11's Mike Lamia he won because Republicans at the meeting examined his voting record in the House of Delegates.    Chafin said the race is extremely important because a Republican win will maintain the GOP majority in the Senate.  He'll face Democratic candidate, Tazewell County Supervisor Mike Hymes, in the special election August 19th.

That special election was called to replace Phillip Puckett, the Democratic State Senator from Russell County who abruptly resigned citing family reasons.


Puckett's resignation shifted power in the Virginia Senate from the Democrats to Republican, a move that infuriated Governor McAuliffe and his allies who hoped to included funding for an expansion of Medicaid in the budget.   

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Wednesday that Puckett's resignation was under investigation.

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