RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Voters in southwest Virginia are casting ballots in a special election to fill the seat of the late state Sen. Ben Chafin. He died in January after contracting COVID-19.
Republican Travis Hackworth and Democrat Laurie Buchwald are competing Tuesday for the 38th District seat.
Hackworth is a businessman and member of the Tazewell County Board of Supervisors.
Buchwald is a nurse practitioner and former Radford city councilor.
Democrats currently have a 21 to 18 Senate majority. Republicans are looking to hold on to that seat.
The reliably Republican 38th district stretches from the Virginia-Kentucky border east to Radford.