Virginia state legislative special elections, 2014

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As of July 2014, seven seats have been vacated in the Virginia State Legislature in 2014. Four of the vacancies have been filled. The following districts had vacancies this year:

How vacancies are filled


If there is a vacancy in the Virginia General Assembly, a special election must be conducted to fill the vacant seat.[1] The governing body of the city or county that represents the vacant seat must petition a circuit court for a special election within 15 days of the vacancy. All special elections must be held promptly,[2] however, no special election can be held if it occurs less than 55 days before any statewide primary or general election, or if there are less than 60 days remaining in the vacated term.[3]


Partisan breakdown

Note: These tables are updated any time there is a change in the chamber.

The current partisan breakdown of the Senate is as follows:

Party As of July 2014
     Democratic Party 18
     Republican Party 20
     Vacancy 2
Total 40

The current partisan breakdown of the House is as follows:

Party As of July 2014
     Democratic Party 30
     Republican Party 68
     Vacancy 2
Total 100


Special elections

January 7, 2014



January 21, 2014



February 25, 2014



August 19, 2014



See also

References

  1. Virginia General Assembly, "Code of Virginia," accessed May 22, 2014 (Referenced Statute 24.2-228.1 (A), Code of Virginia)
  2. Virginia General Assembly, "Code of Virginia," accessed May 22, 2014 (Referenced Statute 24.2-682(C), Virginia Code)
  3. Virginia General Assembly, "Code of Virginia," accessed May 22, 2014 (Referenced Statute 24.2-682(A), Virginia Code)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 sbe.virginia.gov, "Official candidate list," accessed December 13, 2013
  5. washingtonpost.com, "Va. Senate control hangs in balance as Democrat leads special election by 22 votes," January 7, 2014
  6. bradblog.com, "Another VA 'Recount' Coming: 9-Vote Margin in Special Election for Control of State Senate," January 10, 2014
  7. Washington Post, "Democrat wins Virginia Senate recount, giving Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s agenda a crucial boost," January 27, 2014
  8. Virginia Secretary of State, "Official special election results," accessed January 30, 2014
  9. wvec.com, "Special Election in Senate District 6 set for January 7th," December 6, 2013
  10. washingtonpost.com, "Va. Senate control hangs in balance as Democrat leads special election by 22 votes," January 7, 2014
  11. Virginia Secretary of State, "Official special election results," accessed January 22, 2014
  12. roanoke.com, " Ware to resign from House of Delegates, citing mother’s poor health," November 14, 2013
  13. governor.virginia.gov, " Governor McDonnell Sets Date for Special Election in Virginia House District 11," November 27, 2013
  14. Washington Post, "Democrats win state Senate seat in Northern Virginia — and perhaps control of the chamber," January 21, 2014
  15. Virginia Secretary of State, "Official special election results," accessed January 30, 2014
  16. nbc29.com, "VA Senate Special Election Set Jan. 21," December 20, 2013
  17. Washington Post, "Bloxom wins special election to fill Va House seat," February 26, 2014
  18. Virginia Board of Elections, "Official special election results," accessed March 14, 2014
  19. dailyprogress.com, "Feb. 25 set for Va. House special election," January 29, 2014
  20. WJLA, "Phil Puckett, Virginia senator, announces his resignation," June 9, 2014
  21. The Roanoke Times, "4 now seeking party nod for state Senate seat with NRV corner," June 17, 2014
  22. Washington Post, "Republicans select Del. Ben Chafin to run for Phillip Puckett’s Virginia Senate seat," June 20, 2014
  23. ARLnow, "Del. Bob Brink Retiring to Join McAuliffe Administration," June 27, 2014
  24. Washington Post, "August special elections set for 2 Va. House seats," July 1, 2014
  25. wavy.com, "Norfolk Delegate Algie Howell to resign," June 27, 2014
  26. Washington Post, "August special elections set for 2 Va. House seats," July 1, 2014