“You do remember when Nixon carried the State of West Virginia over John Kennedy dont you?”
I remember a lot of chit they have pulled over the years, that doesn’t mean we should lay down for them...especially now.
I’m not suggesting that we lay down, I’m just pointing out that they are going to do whatever best suits the governor’s chances of becoming a Senator. It seems that his best chance is to do what you say and call a special election. That way, he can run for the seat and meantime, he will appoint a placeholder to keep it warm for him.
The real question is can someone beat Manchin? That is apparently a pretty tall mountain to climb. Not every Democrat can be beaten, even in a good year.