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Saxman surprises voters by dropping out of race

Del. Chris Saxman, R-Staunton, abruptly announced today he is withdrawing from his bid for re-election to the House.  According to newspapers in Staunton and Harrisonburg, Republicans expect to nominate Staunton councilman Richard P. “Dickie” Bell to take Saxman’s place on the November ballot.

Saxman, a four-term veteran of the House, explained his surprise decision by saying he wants to devote time to public service projects, including an advocacy group called School Choice Virginia.

Saxman’s withdrawal would appear to improve the odds for Democratic candidate Erik Curren.

By Peter Vieth

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