WVa Gov. Joe Manchin still isn't ready to make his Senate bid official, telling Politico two other steps need to be taken first:
BOSTON – West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin said in an interview with POLITICO Saturday that he will not announce his decision on a Senate bid until two other steps are taken: a special session of the state legislature clarifies the law determining when an election for the seat to replace the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd can be held and he names an interim successor to hold that seat in the meantime.
“My intentions [on a Senate bid] would be third, that’s the last thing I would do,” Manchin said at a meeting of the National Governor’s Association here.
The governor, a Democrat, has called the legislature back to Charleston for a session starting on Thursday to pass a bill making clear the special election to replace the iconic former senator can be held this November.
The AP has a scorecard here on what happens if/when Manchin leaves the governor's seat -- the Senate President takes over, yet another special election gets triggered for the governor's job, and so on.