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  • Filling Sen. Robert C. Byrd's Senate seat (WV Law requires a special election)

    06/28/2010 7:19:02 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 49 replies · 3+ views ^ | June 28,2010 | By Paul Kane
    With the death early Monday of Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D), West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin III (D) must select an interim replacement for a legend who many in the state and elsewhere consider one of a kind. A quirk in West Virginia's laws appears to state that the replacement will likely hold the seat for the remainder of the late senator's record ninth term, through 2012; therefore, Byrd's death would not impact the partisan makeup of the chamber, nor would it directly impact the pending 2010 elections. However, there is some ambiguity in the law that has left some...