Here's an overview from Hotline On Call on tomorrow's special Senate primary in WVa, to fill Robert Byrd's seat:
Manchin nominated his ex-counsel Carte Goodwin (D) to temporarily fill the Senate seat. And after much deliberation, on 7/19 the state legislature reached an agreement for the primary election to take place on Saturday, and the special election to occur in conjunction with the midterms. Candidates were given just four days to file for the race.
As expected, Manchin quickly announced his candidacy. Former Del. Sheirl Fletcher jumped into the Dem primary too, as did 95-year-old former Secretary of State Ken Hechler, an environmentalist who vowed to run solely to bring attention to the issue of mountaintop removal.
GOPers' prospects took a hit when Rep. Shelley Moore Capito decided to run for re-election to her House seat rather than enter the race. But '06 nominee John Raese (R), who could finance his own run, leapt into the void and immediately became the GOP frontrunner. Nine other GOPers entered the race, though former '10 congressional candidate Mac Warner (R) is generally considered the other viable candidate in the primary. Rounding out the field is a perennial candidate Jesse Johnson.
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