West Virginia GOP may sue to force special election

The executive director of West Virginia's Republican Party said Monday afternoon that the party is "examining its legal options" after it was announced that there will be no special election this year to fill the seat of Sen. Robert Byrd (D), who passed away early Monday morning.

"I don't think anything unexpected happened here," Troy Berman told The Ballot Box. "But we're examining all of our legal options and we'll make a decision on how to proceed in the next few days."

The decision from the West Virginia secretary of state's office is that two separate elections will be on the November 2012 ballot for Byrd's seat. One would fill the remaining few weeks of Byrd's term, and the other would fill the seat for a full six-year term. A spokesman for the office also said that a candidate may run in both of those elections simultaneously.

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