Republican Bill Stanley a few minutes ago claimed victory to the Virginia Senate in a special election to fill the 19th district seat vacated by fellow Republican and now-U.S. Representative Robert Hurt. His win keeps the Senate at a 22-18 Democrat advantage. Here is Stanley's statement:

Our two-month campaign for Senate was an effort to ensure that the people of the 19th District continue to receive a strong voice in Richmond that represents their values and their concerns. Thanks to hundreds of volunteers and supporters across the district who took our message to heart, this effort was successful. Without their hard work and dedication, our victory would not have been possible.

I congratulate my opponent, Hank Davis, on running an admirable, spirited campaign that focused on issues most important to the citizens of the 19th Senate District, and thank him for his long and dedicated service to the people of Pittsylvania County.

I am humbled to have the privilege of serving my friends and neighbors in the 19th Virginia Senate District. Now comes the important work of government, and I look forward to my immediate trip to Richmond to begin work with my colleagues and Governor McDonnell to help create more jobs, and increase prosperity and long-term economic opportunity that the 19th District so badly needs.

As Senator I will keep my promise to focus on bringing jobs to our area by opposing higher taxes, cutting spending and excessive regulation, and promoting a limited, efficient, and responsive state government. Most importantly, I look forward to responding to the concerns of the citizens of the 19th District and dutifully representing them in our State Capitol.