Sen. Byrd’s Replacement Named

   West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin has announced his nominee to fill Robert Byrd’s Senate seat until an election can be held: it’s Carte Goodwin, an attorney and a former aide to the governor.

   Here’s an excerpt from the story in today’s Charleston Daily Mail:

 Goodwin will serve until the state can hold an election, likely in November, to fill the seat vacated last month by the death of Robert Byrd, age 92.

 Manchin’s selection makes Goodwin, 36, the youngest member of the U.S. Senate and gives his potential political career a boost.

 Manchin announced Goodwin’s appointment today during a news conference at the West Virginia Capitol.

 Goodwin is expected to be sworn in as a senator on Tuesday.

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