West Virginia Attorney General Okays 2010 Election For Byrd’s Seat
It’s now beginning to look like there will be a special election in West Virginia this year after all:
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s attorney general says Gov. Joe Manchin can put the late Robert C. Byrd’s Senate seat on the ballot this November.
Manchin requested a legal opinion from Attorney General Darrell McGraw, who issued it Thursday.
Manchin says he doesn’t want voters to wait until 2012, when Byrd would have faced re-election.
Manchin may now call a special legislative session to settle details such as candidate filing and party nomination deadlines.
Manchin will appoint someone to fill the vacancy in the meantime.
Barring something surprising, it’s likely that Manchin himself will run for the seat, as well as Republican Congresswoman Shelly Moore Capito and, most likely, others.