What will happen to Kaine’s senate seat if elected Vice President?

Posted at 12:00 AM, Jul 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-23 09:32:05-04

RICHMOND, Va. — Now that Sen. Tim Kaine is officially on the democratic ticket for November’s Presidential election, the question becomes, what happens to his senate seat if they win.

Virginia state law requires Gov. McAuliffe to appoint someone to fill Kaine’s Senate seat for approximately a year, until a special election is held.

That election would be held in 2017, along with the Virginia governor’s election.

The winner of the special election would only serve one year and be required to run again in 2018 for a full six-year term.

According to the Washington Post, top contenders for the possible seat would be Attorney General Mark Herring (D.), Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D.), former attorney general Ken Cuccinelli (R.), and Dave Brat, the tea party representative who upset with Majority Leader Eric Cantor two years ago.

Kaine accepted the vice presidential nomination Friday after receiving a call from Hillary Clinton. He will officially be announced as Clinton’s running mate during a campaign stop in Miami Saturday.