State senator kicked out of county's GOP party

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CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) -- A Virginia county GOP has kicked a state senator out of the local party over accusations she publicly supported an independent sheriff candidate running against a Republican nominee.

State Sen. Amanda Chase of Chesterfield was notified of her dismissal from the Chesterfield County GOP by chairwoman Tara Carroll on Monday.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the action is mostly symbolic, though, as Chase remains the Republican nominee on the November ballot.

Chase's dismissal centers on accusations she violated a committee policy by supporting the independent sheriff candidate over Republican nominee Karl Leonard. Some Republicans say she's gone so far as to post messages on social media endorsing the opposing candidate and attacking Leonard.

Chase told the paper Monday that Leonard started the feud with her by not endorsing her campaign.

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