WV-2: Capito (R) Will NOT Run for Byrd's Senate Seat
by Chuckie Corra, Wed Jul 21, 2010 at 08:20:48 AM EDT
Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), once rumored to be eyeing Robert C. Byrd's vacated Senate seat, will no longer participate in the special election this November to take over the second seat for West Virginia in the Senate alongside Jay Rockefeller.
GOP Rep. Shelley Moore Capito is expected to announce Wednesday that she will not run in the special election to fill the unexpired term of the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), according to a report late Tuesday on the Fix, a Washington Post political blog.
This is big news for the West Virginia Republican Party, because now they will have to conjure up another nominee to face the likely Democratic contender... Governor Joe Manchin.
Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) has decided she will not run to replace Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.), three sources familiar with her plans said Tuesday night.
Capito was the favorite on the GOP side, and state legislators gained a concession in a special-election bill passed Monday that would have allowed her to run for both reelection and in the Senate race at the same time.
But, even with that fallback plan, sources tell The Fix that the she has opted not to run. That leaves Gov. Joe Manchin (D), who declared his candidacy Tuesday morning, as an even bigger favorite.