Virginia House of Delegates 2005 Elections

Keeping You up to date on the status of Virginia's 2005 Delegate races!

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Two Indys Return

Both Independents in the House of Delegates are returning to their seats easily.

19th- Lacey Putney

59th- Watkins Abbitt

Putney was a Democrat early in his career (40 years ago) and then became an Independent. When the House was 50-50 in 1998 he chose to caucus with the Republicans, and still does, making him a safe part of their majority.

Abbitt was elected as a Democrat for more than 10 years before becoming an Independent after the last redistricting. He then began also caucusing with the Republicans. Rumor has it, that former Speaker Wilkins promised not to destroy his district, if he would become a member of the GOP. However when the House was 50-50 he stayed a Democrat, meaning that while he may be a member of the Republican Caucus now, the Republicans do not want their majority coming down to him.

One other note: Having another busy day today... Please be patient with notlarrysabato. Will have something more exciting tonight.


At 9:38 PM, Blogger Pastor John said...

i have an update on terry kilgore's race

At 9:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Abbitt does not caucus with the GOP. He never has.

At 9:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes he does

At 11:44 PM, Anonymous roanoker said...

Has anyone noticed that more Dems flip after we help them win the GOPers who flip to us? What's up with that?


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