WV-2: Capito (R) Will NOT Run for Byrd's Senate Seat

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.

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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.

The Fix

Tags: Robert C. Byrd, Joe Manchin, Senate Special Election, shelley moore capito, West Virginia (all tags)

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RE: WV-2: Capito (R) Will NOT Run for Byrd's Senate Seat

She's their biggest name and was already getting crushed in the polls, so this makes things pretty much a done deal, right? Sweetness.

by Nathan Empsall 2010-07-21 02:41PM | 0 recs
RE: WV-2: Capito (R) Will NOT Run for Byrd's Senate Seat

Is Manchin closer to Byrd or to Rockefeller and Goodwin on coal issues?

by Nathan Empsall 2010-07-21 02:41PM | 0 recs
RE: WV-2: Capito (R) Will NOT Run for Byrd's Senate Seat

despite the way WV votes in presidential elections, they tend to favor dems more than republicans.  Capito is absolutely safe in her district, and nobody has even declared to run yet for the Republican side in November.  

Former Sec. of State for WV and House of Reps member Ken Hechler (D) declared his candidacy to run against manchin

As far as I know, Manchin is pretty tight with the coal people, however.  Hechler protested Mountaintop Removal mining, but is also 94 years old

by Chuckie Corra 2010-07-21 02:49PM | 0 recs

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