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Virginia GOP elects new chairman

(AP) The Republican Party of Virginia has elected a new chairman after its previous leader resigned.

The party said in a Sept. 8 statement that members of the State Central Committee had elected attorney Jack Wilson of Chesterfield to finish former Chairman John Whitbeck’s term. Wilson will be eligible to run for re-election in 2020.

The change in leadership comes at a tough time for the state GOP. Republicans did poorly in last year’s state-level elections, President Donald Trump lost Virginia in 2016, and Republicans haven’t won a statewide election since 2009.

Whitbeck announced in June that he would be stepping down from the unpaid position.

Wilson defeated Virginia Beach attorney Chuck Smith in the Sept. 8 vote, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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