The Associated Press reports that West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D) will appoint his former general counsel Carte Goodwin as an interim Senator, for the seat formerly held by the late Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd.
Manchin’s official announcement of the appointment will be made at 2 p.m. ET today.
Manchin is heavily expected to run in a special election this November, with the appointed Senator serving only until that time and not running for the seat. A recent Rasmussen poll shows Manchin starting out in a special election with double-digit leads against two potential Republican candidates.