Governor Terry McAuliffe has set November 4th as the date for a special election to replace the seat vacated by Eric Cantor to fill Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, reports The Richmond Times-Dispatch. This special election will be held on the same day as the general election so voters of the 7th Congressional District will cast two ballots on November 4th.
Eric Cantor announced on August 1st that he will be resigning from his Congressional seat on August 18th. Cantor explained to The Richmond Times-Dispatch that his decision to step down early was to ensure that “the constituents in the 7th District will have a voice in what will be a very consequential lame-duck session.”
The winner of this special election will carry out the remainder of Cantor’s term. If they are also elected as the full time candidate they will have the advantage of 2 months experience over the other incoming freshman representatives.
The House Majority Leader lost his primary to Tea Party member Dave Brat in June. The election for the new representative for the 7th Congressional District will be held on November 4th as well, with Brat running against Democrat Jack Trammell and Libertarian James Carr. For Carr to be qualified for the special election, he has ten days to collect 1,000 signatures.
“I thank Congressman Cantor for his years of service to Virginia and for his fierce commitment to protecting Virginia’s economic and military assets as a majority leader in Congress. Eric Cantor has dedicated his life to public service, and I wish him the best of luck in his endeavors,” said McAuliffe in a statement.