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"Byrd seat" up for grabs in november

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia's top lawyer cleared the way Thursday for Gov. Joe Manchin to put the late Robert C. Byrd's Senate seat on the November ballot. Attorney General Darrell McGraw, responding to questions posed by Manchin a day earlier, concluded that the governor can declare a special election to fill what remains of Byrd's term. Manchin sought the legal opinion after joining a growing push for a vote earlier than 2012, when Byrd would have faced re-election.

of course, there is an appointed Senator between now and then, but it's better than an appointed Senator from now until 2013.

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