The West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw has issued an advisory opinion that Governor Manchin can call a special election. The special election would be for the unexpired term of the seat held by Senator Byrd. A special election is likely to be called for this November and would prevent an election in November 2012. Republicans would have a better chance of taking the Senate seat in 2012 than in 2010. If the West Virginia seat falls in to Republican hands it could be the deciding vote for majority leader after the 2012 election cycle.
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