Republican Ben Chafin is the winner of the state Senate special election - securing the seat with almost 60 percent of the vote.

Chafin will represent the 38th District - replacing former Sen. Phillip Puckett, a Democrat, who retired from the position in June.

“The people of the 38th District have entrusted me to represent their interests in Richmond, and I will not let them down,” said Senator-elect Chafin in a news release.

“As a farmer, a businessman, and a lifelong resident of Southwest Virginia, it is truly an honor to have been chosen to serve the people who know me best in the Senate of Virginia," Chafin said.

Republicans will now have control of the vote in the Senate.

Chafin is a native of Russell County. He currently represents the 4th District in the House of Delegates.

The 38th District includes, Bland, Buchanan, Dickenson, Pulaski, Russell and Tazewell counties, the cities of Norton and Radford, as well as portions of Montgomery Smyth and Wise counties.

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