Manchin to name interim Senator at 2 p.m. Friday

West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D) will announce an interim replacement for the late Sen. Robert Byrd at a 2 p.m. news conference Friday.

The governor's office said Thursday the interim replacement will be present and speak to reporters, but the governor has not yet publicly announced his pick.

Senate Democrats in Washington — anxious to have another Democrat in the seat — said Thursday the interim Senator will be sworn in next Tuesday.