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Hugo to be elected House GOP caucus chair

Anita Kumar

Del. Tim Hugo of Fairfax will be elected the House of Delegates GOP caucus chairman next week.

Del. John O'Bannon of Henrico tells us he plans to send an e-mail announcing that he is dropping of out of the caucus election sometime today.

Hugo and O'Bannon were vying to replace Del. Sam Nixon (R-Chesterfield), who resigned his seat to become Virginia's chief information officer under Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R). Nixon took office April 5, and the governor will soon set a date for a special election to replace him.

Hugo and O'Bannon had been working the phones and sending out e-mails trying to drum up support. Del. Kirk Cox, the House's GOP whip, backed Hugo, but Speaker Bill Howell and Majority Leader Morgan Griffith had stayed out of the race.

Republican delegates will vote next week for Hugo by acclamation after the General Assembly returns to Richmond on Wednesday to act on the governor's amendments.

By Anita Kumar  |  April 16, 2010; 11:55 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , General Assembly 2010 , House of Delegates  
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