West Virginia's top Republican prospect to run for the U.S. Senate seat left by the late Robert C. Byrd says she will not enter the race against the state's popular Democratic governor.
Rep. Shelley Moore Capito says she'll instead continue to seek a sixth term in the U.S. House.
Legislation signed Monday sets an Aug. 28 primary and Nov. 2 general election for the seat. A GOP amendment permits Capito to run for both the House and Senate in that general election.
But among other factors, Capito said Wednesday her dual candidacy might trigger a court challenge.
State GOP Chairman Doug McKinney says he's not heard from any other Republicans seriously considering a run. Gov. Joe Manchin announced his candidacy Tuesday.
Byrd, a Democrat, died June 28.
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