UPDATED: Miller vs. Parrish: Primary or Mass Meeting?

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Via Not Larry Sabato we learn that moderate Republican Hal Parrish (who we should note is very weak on the life issue) is going to run for his father's seat in the House of Delegates, representing the 50th district. Democratic Senator Chuck Colgan had for weeks been urging Parrish to throw his hat into the ring and now it looks like he was successful.

Conservative Jackson Miller is the only other candidate in the race thus far. This election will prove to be a good opportunity to send another conservative to the GOP House caucus (and Parrish certainly isn’t that conservative). Hopefully a potential Chapman candidacy doesn't divide conservatives and thus help Parrish.

Anyone know if this will be a primary or a mass meeting/convention?

UPDATED: Freddie made the below points in the comment section of this post, very helpful in understanding the situation:

This is a special election. Primaries are not allowed for the nominations for special elections. You can only have a caucus, mass meeting, or a convention for a special election. Conventions have prefilings, and with special elections time is short, so a convention is unlikely.

Caucuses are simpler to set up then a mass meeting, and if there are only two candidates, I think that it will be a caucus.

If there are more then two candidates, a mass meeting would be better because at a mass meeting you can have more then one ballot.

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Freddie said:

This is a special election. Primaries are not allowed for the nominations for special elections. You can only have a caucus, mass meeting, or a convention for a special election. Conventions have prefilings, and with special elections time is short, so a convention is unlikely.

Caucuses are simpler to set up then a mass meeting, and if there are only two candidates, I think that it will be a caucus.

If there are more then two candidates, a mass meeting would be better because at a mass meeting you can have more then one ballot.

Sophrosyne said:

Thanks Freddie, very helpful!

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