UPDATED: 11th House District Special Election Preview

Update, Friday, Jan. 10: This race turned out to be a blowout. You can read my quickie analysis (written & posted Wednesday, the day after the election) at Bearing Drift here. End of update.

The unexpected retirement of Del. Onzlee Ware, D-Roanoke, from Virginia’s House of Delegates late last year created a mad scramble to fill his seat.

That district likes entirely within the city of Roanoke and is therefore considered a safe Democratic hold. However, a fractious primary and splinters within the city party make it less so this year.

I brought five years of experience covering Roanoke city politics to this analysis, published Saturday as a guest column on Virginia conservative politics blog Bearing Drift.

The special election for Ware’s old seat takes place on Tuesday.