Voters choosing who will fill southwest Virginia Senate seat

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.

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