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July 8, 2010 / Robyn Swirling

West Virginia will have a special election for senate seat

The governor of West Virginia has gotten approval from the state’s attorney general to hold a special election to fill the seat vacated by Senator Robert Byrd’s death. The governor will likely appoint someone to fill the seat until November, when a special election will be held.

This should be an interesting race to watch. The Democrats’ filibuster-proof majority was shattered with the election of Scott Brown in Massachusetts, and now the Republicans have a good chance at claiming another seat. This will make it even harder for the Democrats and the Obama administration to accomplish their legislative goals.

We will be highlighting important/interesting mid-term election races here on Political Jezebels, and this will certainly be among them.

Special Election Okayed for West Virginia [NY Times]



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  1. Stephen Kalnoske / Jul 9 2010 1:33 pm

    Funny how the Republicans didn’t need 60 seats to push their agendas through Congress and the White House.

    • 14Kgold (aka OllieOllieOxen) / Jul 9 2010 4:56 pm

      I love me my Dems, but they can be unbelievably skittish. We need another Johnson in the Senate.

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