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Report: Lamont Bagby likely wins special election

A person wearing a gray suit speaks in front of branding for the Democratic Party of Virginia.
Scott Elmquist
VPM News File
Del. Lamont Bagby (D–Henrico) speaks to reporters after winning the Democratic primary to fill Rep. Jennifer McClellan's state Senate seat.

Lamont Bagby is likely heading to the Virginia Senate.

The delegate for the 74th House District has unofficially beat out GOP nominee Stephen Imholt in Tuesday's special election with at least 75% of the vote, according to returns from the state elections department.

Bagby's team announced his win via Twitter less than 30 minutes after polls closed on Tuesday. Results will not be finalized until they are certified by the commonwealth.

The open seat in the 40-member, Democrat-controlled state Senate is was due to now-Rep. Jennifer McClellan's election to the U.S. Congress. She became the the first Black woman to represent Virginia in the U.S. Congress.

Virginia's 9th Senate District includes all of Charles City County, parts of Richmond City and portions of Henrico and Hanover counties.

With Bagby's win, yet another special election will have to be called to fill the remainder of his term. All 140 seats in the General Assembly are up for grabs, using redrawn boundaries, in November.

Dawnthea M. Price Lisco (dawn-TAY-uh, she/her) is the managing editor at VPM News.
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