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ICYMI: Special Election for Virginia 33rd Senate Seat Set for Jan. 21

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

Jennifer Wexton (D), Joe May (I) and John Whitbeck (R) are running for the 33rd State Senate District seat being vacated by Mark Herring. Credit: Campaign photos
Jennifer Wexton (D), Joe May (I) and John Whitbeck (R) are running for the 33rd State Senate District seat being vacated by Mark Herring. Credit: Campaign photos

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.

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 after his announcement to hold a Mass Meeting rather than a primary.

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