The Washington Post

Democratic Candidate Drops Out of Race

- — Associated Press

The Democratic candidate who was certified last week to seek the seat of a defeated Republican state senator from Newport News withdrew this week, leaving party officials to find another candidate.

Steven T. Corneliuss­en had qualified as a “place-holder” candidate just hours before Sen. Martin E. Williams was defeated in a GOP nominating contest June 12. Corneliuss­en stepped aside Tuesday, said Danae Jones, a spokeswoma­n for the state Democratic Party.

Party officials in the 1st District will meet today and are expected to schedule an expedited “firehouse primary” to choose a new nominee.

Democrats see the loss of Williams to anti-tax activist Tricia B. Stall as an opportunit­y to gain one of the four GOP seats they need to win this fall to gain a Senate majority for the first time in 12 years.

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