July 19th, 2010
11:08 PM ET
8 years ago

West Virginia lawmakers approve special election to fill Byrd's seat

(CNN) - The West Virginia state legislature on Monday approved a plan to hold a special election in November to fill the seat of the late U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd.

Gov. Joe Manchin, a Democrat considered a likely candidate for the Senate race, signed the measure after a compromise worked out by state lawmakers won final approval.

The primary election will be August 28 and the vote for Byrd's successor will take place as part of the congressional mid-term election November 2, Manchin said.

Last week, Manchin appointed a former aide as the interim replacement for Byrd until the special election. The interim senator, Carte Goodwin, is expected to cast a key vote Tuesday when the U.S. Senate considers extending unemployment benefits.

A Republican filibuster has prevented Democrats from ending debate on the measure, but with Goodwin's vote and support from two Republicans, Democrats believe they can overcome the GOP maneuver.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. No democrats, please

    Come one WV, please don't vote in another Pelosi, Obama rubber stamp.

    July 19, 2010 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  2. normajean

    I wish there was a way to thank Gov. Manchin for being decisive and prompt in appointing Mr.Goodwin in the interim until the special election to fill the late Sen. Byrds seat. These days it seems that every move gets dragged out while conditions get worse and worse.This is the way a political appointment should be done. Thank you again from a worried and frustrated voter.

    July 19, 2010 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  3. vwrtb

    West Virginia... Enough said... More good paying union jobs please... Let's rebuild the middle class together!

    July 20, 2010 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  4. D.

    It's on...Capito and Manchin. They had to work it that she being their most known GOP could run. I respect Manchin for the US Senator. He and his wife will represent the state so well.

    July 20, 2010 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  5. J.V.Hodgson

    I hope this West Virginia tactic works and that the two republicans vote common sense as opposed to Republican party dogma.
    If so a win for the people for a change!?

    July 20, 2010 02:46 am at 2:46 am |