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Democrats will sit out the race for Robert Hurt's Senate seat

By Anita Kumar
Anita Kumar

Senate Majority Leader Richard Saslaw said Monday that Democrats do not plan to field a candidate to replace state Sen. Robert Hurt in his largely Republican district because Saslaw doesn't want to "waste our money."

"I know what we can do and what we can't do,'' said Saslaw (D-Fairfax).

Hurt (R-Pittsylvania) is heading to Congress, after defeating Rep. Tom Perriello (D) in the 5th district. Already, two Republicans have announced they are running for the district that comprises Franklin and Pittsylvania counties, part of Campbell County and Danville.

Bill Stanley, a Franklin County lawyer and the Republican committee chairman in the 5th Congressional District, announced his candidacy Thursday. The next day, Danville City Council member Fred Shanks, who owns a civil engineering, planning and surveying firm, jumped into the race.

Stanley, Shanks and any other Republicans who gets into the race must first survive a firehouse primary in which voters from the district cast ballots in Danville, Franklin, Campbell and Pittsylvania.

The state Board of Elections will certify Tuesday's results Nov. 22. Hurt and Del. Morgan Griffith (R-Salem), who defeated Rep. Rick Boucher (D) last week, are expected to resign soon after.

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) will then set a pair of special elections to fill the two seats. The General Assembly returns for its 46-day session Jan. 12.

By Anita Kumar  | November 8, 2010; 4:18 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar, General Assembly 2010, State Senate  
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When Dick Saslaw speaks...nothing of value comes out. He does not speak for the Democratic Party of Virginia.

Posted by: jimwhite2 | November 9, 2010 3:46 AM | Report abuse

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