The West Virginia state legislature on Monday approved a plan to hold a special election in November to fill the seat of the late U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd.
Gov. Joe Manchin, a Democrat considered a likely candidate for the Senate race, signed the measure after a compromise worked out by state lawmakers won
The primary election will be August 28 and the vote for Byrd's successor will take place as part of the congressional mid-term election November 2, Manchin said.
Last week, Manchin appointed a former aide as the interim replacement for Byrd until the special election. The interim senator, Carte Goodwin, is expected to cast a key vote Tuesday when the U.S. Senate considers extending unemployment benefits.
A Republican filibuster has prevented Democrats from ending debate on the measure, but with Goodwin's vote and support from two Republicans, Democrats believe they can overcome the GOP maneuver.