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July 20, 2010  •  

West Virginia Governor Signs Bill

With the passage of House Bill 201, a special election has been authorized to fill the vacant Senate seat long held by U.S. Senator Robert Byrd, who passed in June.   Governor Manchin signed the bill late Monday night.

There will be a special primary election on August 28th and a special general election on November 2nd in conjunction with the mid-term congressional contests.   Joe Manchin, a popular two-term governor has announced his intentions to run for this senate seat.

In a political compromise, this legislation declares November’s special election a “legally separate” contest from the general election, meaning Rep. Shelly Moore Capito, considered the top Republican candidate for the seat, may run for Byrd’s seat without giving up her seat in the House.  The filing period for the special election begins Tuesday morning and will last through 5 p.m. Friday.

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