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Posted: Sunday, June 8, 2014 9:31 pm | Updated: 10:20 pm, Mon Jun 9, 2014.

RICHMOND — The resignation of a Democratic state senator on Monday has dealt a serious blow to his party’s push for Medicaid expansion in Virginia and cleared a path for Republicans to pass a budget without compromising on the health care plan.

Sen. Phillip P. Puckett’s resignation gives the GOP a 20-19 majority in the chamber to go with their control of the House. Senate Democrats had linked passage of the state’s $96 billion biennial budget to expanding Medicaid, creating the threat of a government shutdown on July 1 if Republicans wouldn’t relent.

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