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Rep. Shelley Moore Capito has emerged as a top Republican candidate.

“The power of our vote should never be limited or delayed in selecting our elected officials, and 28 months is too long for any person to serve in an elective office through appointment,” said Ms. Capito, the daughter of former Gov. Arch Moore.

Among the names reportedly on Mr. Manchin’s shortlist for appointment to the Senate seat are Larry Puccio, the governor’s former chief of staff; Nick Casey, who recently resigned as chairman to accept a federal judiciary appointment; state Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin; and veteran Byrd staffer Anne Barth.

“We’re working through the official channels, and that’s the way it should be,” said Derek Scarbro, executive director of the West Virginia Democratic Party.