RICHMOND (AP) -- Republican Del. John Cosgrove has won a seat in the Virginia Senate to replace retired Sen. Harry Blevins in an uncontested special election with fewer than 3,000 votes cast.
The 59-year-old Cosgrove, who has represented Chesapeake in the House of Delegates since 2002, faced no Democratic opponent in Tuesday's election in the 14th District. He will finish the final two years of the term Blevins won in 2011.
Democratic nominee Kerry B. Holmes withdrew from the race.
Blevins, a 77-year-old Republican moderate, served three years in the House and a dozen years in the Senate after that before retiring midway through his term, citing health concerns.
Cosgrove's vacant House seat will be filled in November's election for all 100 Virginia House seats.
House Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) congratulated Senator-elect John Cosgrove on his election Tuesday night.
"For over a decade John has served the greater South Hampton Roads community and the Commonwealth of Virginia with dedication. John has been a valued member of the House of Delegates and a personal friend to many of us. We will miss his insight and expertise on the issues, and know he will be a tremendous addition to the Virginia Senate. On behalf of the entire House of Delegates, we wish him the very best in the years ahead."
Rrepublican Party of Virginia Chairman Pat Mullins added, "John has been a tireless worker for the people of Chesapeake in the House of Delegates, and I look forward to working with him in the coming years to help enact our shared conservative values in the state Senate."