Sunday, April 17, 2005

Capito v. Byrd?

Many apologies about the general lack of blogging around here. I've had a load of classwork recently, and the shortage of information on the Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-WV) situation hasn't been very encouraging. There isn't much to tell, but here's the gist of the developing story. As you probably know if you live in West Virginia, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) is rumored to be considering a run at Byrd's seat. Byrd is extremely influential and the oldest member of the Senate to boot, and many Republicans think his downfall could lead to an elephant renaissance in this Democrat-controlled state. Capito will likely have a very difficult fight ahead if she takes on Byrd, but because of his age, speculation holds that he may not have enough stamina to run a close race. As I hinted at two weeks ago (thanks to a lead), Capito finally spoke on the matter Friday...only to say that she was keeping her options open for a few months. Dig your heels in now, because we could be tracking this story for quite some time.

UPDATE: Take a look at this article from Sunday's Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch. Even though Byrd has not yet announced definitely that he will run, he's raising incredible amounts of cash. Also, a poll taken by the National Republican Senatorial Committee shows the following results in a hypothetical match-up between the two: Byrd 52%, Capito 42%, with 8% undecided. The good news for Byrd is that the NRSC poll is partisan (likely biased against him) and still giving him a majority; the bad news, however, is that his majority isn't larger (unusual for a Senator of his tenure). If Sen. Byrd runs again and Rep. Capito takes him on, this could become one of the biggest campaigns of 2006.

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