The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Del. Ben Chaffin Jr. R-Russell has won th election to fill the seat in the state Senate left by Sen. Phillip Puckett. This victory means that the GOP will remain in control of the state Senate.
With a 21-18 lead in the state Senate the Republicans will maintain control even if a Democrats wins the seat to replace the retiring Henry L. Marsh November 4. Chaffin easily beat out his opponents, Democrats Mike Hymes and independent Rick Mullins.
Chaffin’s win could also mean Gov. Terry McAuliffe will face even more legislative challenges in both chambers as Republicans will hold almost two-thirds of the seats in the House of Delegates.
Speaker of the House William J. Howell, R-Stafford said of Chaffin, “During his short time in House of Delegates, Ben has proven to be a thoughtful and capable legislator who can solve problems for the people of Southwest Virginia.”