This just in, via Jim Hoeft at Bearing Drift: Fifth District Republican Chairman Bill Stanley will seek the party's nomination for the 19th district Virginia Senate seat that will become open once Congressman-elect Robert Hurt officially resigns to assume his new office. Governor Bob McDonnell will call a special election at that time.

Bill Stanley, Chairman of the GOP’s Fifth District Congressional Committee, will be running for the State Senate to replace Congressman-elect Robert Hurt. It is our understanding that the Democrats are not fielding a candidate at this time (Update: Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors Chairman Hank Davis may be interested . . . more to follow).

However, Bill is expecting at least one, if not more, names to come out for the R nod, where they expect a three week nominating process.

He also quotes sources citing Republican Delegates Danny Marshall, Don Merricks and Charles Poindexter, as well as Danville City Councilman Fred Shanks, as declining to run for different reasons. Another special election will be called to replace House of Delegates Majority Leader Morgan Griffith who was elected to Congress last night from the ninth Congressional district.