NORFOLK, VA, 9 JULY 2011: Benito “Ben” Loyola, Jr. won the Republican nomination for the Virginia Senate in the 6th District at a convention held in this city today. Nominated on the first ballot, Loyola will be the Republican nominee in November 8 General Election.

Loyola becomes the 27th Republican nominee for the Virginia Senate this year. With nominees selected or candidates announced in 35 of 40 Virginia Senate Districts, Republicans have fielded an impressive list of strong candidates in their campaign to become the majority caucus in the Virginia Senate.

“Ben Loyola’s record of service to our country and accomplishments as a small businessman and entrepreneur will make him a great addition to the Senate of Virginia, further strengthening the Senate Republican Caucus,” declared Senate Minority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R-James City). “As a principled conservative with deep roots in Hampton Roads and a proven record of service, he is an ideal choice to represent the 6th District in the Senate of Virginia.”
With 45 days remaining until the August 23 Primaries, Republicans have already selected nominees in 27 districts. The Republican Primaries on August 23 will determine the Party’s nominees in seven Senate districts. In six other districts, a party-run nomination method will be used to determine the nominees. While Republicans will have nominees in at least 35 of the 40 Virginia Senate Districts, Senate Democrats have announced candidates or declared nominees in just 24 Districts.
The 6th Senate District is comprised of Accomack, Matthews, and Northampton Counties, and portions of the Cities of Norfolk and Virginia Beach.