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Date Set for Special Election to Fill Mark Herring's State Senate Seat

The election date in the three-way race to replace Herring was set by Gov. Bob McDonnell.

(L-R) Jennifer Wexton (D), Joe May (I) and John Whitbeck (R) are running for the 33rd State Senate District seat being vacated by Mark Herring. (Photo: Candidates' Campaigns)
(L-R) Jennifer Wexton (D), Joe May (I) and John Whitbeck (R) are running for the 33rd State Senate District seat being vacated by Mark Herring. (Photo: Candidates' Campaigns)

Voters in Virginia’s 33rd Senate District will head to the polls Jan. 21 to elect a new senator for the General Assembly.

Democrat Jennifer Wexton, Republican John Whitbeck and Republican-turned-Independent Joe May will face off on that date to replace Mark Herring, who was elected Virginia Attorney General, in the State Senate.

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced the election date just as many were taking time off for the holidays.

Herring’s last official day as senator is Jan. 11.

Democrats chose Wexton in a firehouse primary, while Republicans gathered for a Mass Meeting to pick Whitbeck. May decided to run as an Independent hours after launching a campaign as a Republican; the switch was in response to the party deciding to hold a Mass Meeting rather than the usual firehouse primary, soon after May's announcement.


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