More on Jackie Stump
Goodwin had the press release, and Brian Patton has a link to WCYB, saying that it is for health reasons.
We certainly wish Del. Stump speedy recovery. He's worked hard and deserves a rest.
If Del. Stump knew that he was retiring, this was an extremely shrewd decision by the Democrats. The 3rd is a Democratic lean, but Jerry Kilgore won it 53-47. I think that the Dems were worried about Kilgore's coattails, and figured their chances were a lot better in a special election than in a general.
UPDATE: I just noticed that, in comments below, Kilo also mentioned Del. Stump's health reasons for resigning.