Rep. Capito: Decision on Senate run to come 'quickly'

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) said Monday that she expects to "make a decision quickly" as to whether she will jump into a special election for Senate this fall once the West Virginia State Legislature acts Thursday.

The Legislature will meet in special session to decide how the succession process for the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) will move forward. Capito said once that is decided, she intends to announce her own intentions quickly.

Here's what she told the Wheeling News-Register:

"It's always a good thing to have options," she said Monday. "I'm going to look at the options and figure out the best place I can serve. But I am on the ballot in the congressional race in November, and I feel I've already made that commitment. I'm going to look at what the Legislature decides this week, and I'm going to make a decision quickly."

"I love serving in the House," Capito said. "I think it's important I maintain that solid voice for the state--I'm the only Republican there from West Virginia. But serving in the Senate is a terrific thing."

Capito is clearly leaving her options open, but among state Republicans she is universally seen as the only one with a real chance to defeat Gov. Joe Manchin (D).

Manchin is set to announce his intentions once the Legislature moves to allow a November special election Thursday. He is widely expected to run in November.