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Posted at 06:13 PM ET, 06/03/2011

Chesapeake Republican seeks reelection to Senate

Sen. Harry Blevins (R-Chesapeake) is running for reelection, Republicans confirmed Friday, a decision that probably means that state Sen. Fred Quayle (R-Suffolk) will also retire from the state Senate.

Senate Republican Caucus spokesman Jeff Ryer said Friday that Blevins has scheduled an event for Tuesday along with Del. John Cosgrove (R).

“Our understanding is that that announcement is that he’ll run for reelection,” Ryer said.

Blevins and Quayle did not immediately return calls for comment.

Senate Democrats merged the seats of the two incumbents in redistricting, meaning one of the two men had to retire or move or they would have faced one another in a Republican primary for the seat, a prospect neither wanted.

Both had indicated they would not run against one another.

Quayle had been absent from redistricting debates in March following surgery, and Blevins had indicated then that he believed Quayle would probably retire and support him for election from their conjoined area.

But Quayle said then that he was still interested in running, and Blevins later told the Virginian-Pilot that he was having health issues and was undecided.

But the two appear to have apparently worked the issue out.

Blevins, 75, is a retired high school principal who has served in the Senate since 2001.

Quayle, 75, is a lawyer and has served in the Senate since 1992.

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