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Posted at 9:00 AM ET, 12/23/2010

Special elections to keep candidates busy over holidays

By Rosalind S. Helderman
Rosalind S. Helderman

The Virginia political world will be pretty quiet for the next week and half or so, as elected officials and their staffs go off to celebrate Christmas and the New Year.

That is, everywhere but in corners of Southside and Southwest Virginia, where there will be little break for candidates in Jan. 11 special elections for the House of Delegates and state Senate.

In the Salem area, Republican attorney Greg Habeeb and Democratic businesswoman Ginger Mumpower will face off in a special election to replace House Majority Leader Del. Morgan Griffith (D), who was elected to Congress in November and will take his seat in January.

And in the Pittsylvania area, Republican attorney Bill Stanley faces Democrat Hank Davis Jr. to replace state Sen. Robert Hurt (R), who was also elected to Congress.

We know Stanley's working over the holiday. He's invited supporters to a pre-New Year's fundraising luncheon on Dec. 30 featuring former U.S. senator George Allen (R).

(The event is one of dozens Allen has been attending across the state as he considers running in 2012 to recapture his Senate seat from Democratic Sen. Jim Webb.) The event will also feature former Rep. Virgil Goode (R). For $500, supporters can get four tickets to the event and a photo with Allen.

Davis will probably be working over the holidays as well. Here's what he told us when the special election date was set for Jan. 11. "I guess I'll be going door to door in a Santa suit."

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | December 23, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  George F. Allen, Morgan Griffith, Robert Hurt, Rosalind Helderman  
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