July 16th, 2010
07:18 AM ET
4 years ago

West Virginia governor to name Byrd replacement

West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin will announce Friday his pick to fill the late Robert Byrd’s Senate seat.
West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin will announce Friday his pick to fill the late Robert Byrd’s Senate seat.

(CNN) – West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin will announce on Friday his pick to temporarily fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd.

Manchin has said he'll push to hold a special election this November to fill the remaining two years of the term. The legislature is meeting in special session, considering legislation to do just that.

Manchin, a popular two-term Democratic governor, told reporters this month that he "would highly consider" seeking the seat himself - not surprising given Manchin was thought to be interested in running for the Senate in 2012, when the election is currently scheduled.

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Filed under: Robert Byrd • West Virginia
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. thor

    How about following the state law on making the appointment?This man dearly wants the seat vacated by the unfortunate death of Mr.Byrd and will do anything than he can to make that possible.

    July 16, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  2. with out shame

    doesn't even blink when he says "seeking the seat himself – not surprising given Manchin was thought to be interested in running for the Senate"

    Blago of WV

    call Blago he may have some tips for profiting from this

    July 16, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  3. Willy Brown

    Just a token place setter till the new pork barrel democrat Governor of WVA runs. Man what sheep you all are in WVA.

    July 16, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  4. Give me an R!

    Please, not another democrat. They have forced enough useless (but expensive) garbage legislation to destroy our country within 10 years.

    At least Byrd respected the Constitution (unlike Obama, Pelosi, Rangel, Dodd, Frank...). Just read their words.

    July 16, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |