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GOP hopes to keep Cuccinelli's seat

Anita Kumar

Virginia Republicans are eager to hold on to the soon-to-be open seats in the state Senate.

Sen. Ken Cuccinelli from Fairfax County was elected the state's attorney general and Sen. Ken Stolle was elected Virginia Beach's new sheriff. Stolle's seat will likely stay in GOP hands but Democrats thinks they can pick up the increasingly left-leaning district held by Cuccinelli. He is the only remaining Republican senator in Northen Virginia.

Three Republicans are already running -- Marianne Horinko, a former George W. Bush appointee who runs a consulting firm, Steve Hunt, a former member of the Fairfax County School Board, and Will Nance, executive director of Greenspring Retirement Community. Their Websites went live after Tuesday's election.

Democrats who have been talked about for the seat include Dels. David L. Bulova and Dave W. Marsden (D-Fairfax) and Janet Oleszek, a former school board member who ran against Cuccinelli in 2007.

Gov. Tim Kaine has yet to call a special election to fill either seat.

Democrats hold a one-seat advantage in the state Senate, and Republicans are talking about whether the incoming governor Bob McDonnell would try to lure a couple of Democrats in GOP-leaning districts into his administration, paving the way to switch control of the chamber. McDonnell sidestepped questions about that possibility this week.

By Anita Kumar  |  November 5, 2009; 2:04 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Attorney General's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Ken Cuccinelli  
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So for the Dems, you have someone who lost (Oleszek), someone who almost lost on Tuesday (Marsden) and someone who's mommy almost lost (Bulova). This is the best they could come up with? Anyone know how this district voted on Tuesday since McDonnell actually won Fairfax?

Posted by: OldVirginian | November 5, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Will Nance is a strong candidate. His family values and conservative views seem to be the right fit for this district.

Posted by: sawbill1 | November 9, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

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