Virginia senator to retire

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia Republican State Sen. Harry Blevins is retiring from the seat he has held for a dozen years.

The 77-year-old Blevins announced today his retirement will be effective August 5th, with two years left on his term.

That sets up an August special election in Blevins' Chesapeake-based district for the seat he has held since 2001.

Blevins was a member of the house for three years before winning a special election in 2001 to succeed Randy Forbes, who had been elected to congress.

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