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Democratic senator resigns, adding to Virginia budget chaos

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Posted: Sunday, June 8, 2014 10:37 pm

Sen. Phillip P. Puckett, D-Russell will announce Monday that he is resigning his state Senate seat, suddenly giving Republicans a 20-19 edge in the chamber and dealing a setback to Gov. Terry McAuliffe's push to expand Medicaid.

Puckett's stunning resignation throws Democratic budget strategy into chaos and opens the way for Republicans to seize control of the chamber and reorganize its committees with GOP majorities.

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