This is not until 2012...today, we cares. A whole lot can happen between today and 2012.
No, the WV AG has issued an opinion stating that they can have a special election in 2010. The question is whether Manchin, an extraordinarily popular Democratic governor in a Red State, will quit his safe position to run for Byrd's Senate seat.
it would be risky.
Not true. Manchin can declare a special election for November 2010. He just got the Attorney General’s ruling today, I believe.
From what I hear, he has been a decent governor with fairly conservative policies. Hence he is popular. However, when in DC he will be daily voting to support Reid and 0bama. If his GOP opponent can successfully communicate this, he may have a hard time. Also, if he resigns to run his open Governor seat might be captured by a republican.
Oh Lord. They might be running in 2010. Is this your way of ignoring polls again?