1815 Virginia's 15th congressional district special election

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On May 27, 1815, Representative Matthew Clay (DR) of Virginia's 15th district died in office before the start of the 1st session of the 14th Congress. A special election was held in October of that year to fill the resulting vacancy.

Election results[edit]

Candidate Party Votes[1] Percent
John Kerr Democratic-Republican 560 44.0%
William Rice Federalist 339 26.6%
Thomas Wooding Democratic-Republican 250 19.6%
Isaac Medley Democratic-Republican 94 7.4%
White[2] Federalist 31 2.4%

Kerr had been defeated for re-election in the regular 1815 elections and took his seat December 5, 1815,[3] at the start of the 1st session.

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