Firearms for sale at a gun show in Annapolis, Md., on April 14.
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April 29, 2013 The West Virginia Democrat says there was "some confusion" about the gun legislation when it failed to get enough votes in the Senate. So he's going to reintroduce the bill. It would expand background checks to sales made at gun shows and online.
Left to right: Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) as they unveiled their plan on background checks of gun purchasers.
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April 15, 2013 As the Senate prepares to vote on gun legislation, there are more mixed signals on what will be the fate of a bipartisan plan concerning background checks of gun purchasers.
The scene at a gun show in Alabama last month.
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April 10, 2013 Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania have a plan that could get bipartisan support. It would close the so-called gun show loophole but allow friends and family members to trade guns without going through background checks.
October 8, 2010 Sometimes, an unexpected event could help derail a candidacy that was thought to have momentum. Two case studies, in the West Virginia Senate race and the California gubernatorial contest.
August 28, 2010 In the Louisiana Senate primary, GOP incumbent David Vitter will face Rep. Charlie Melancon (D) in November. In West Virginia, Gov. Joe Manchin won the Democratic primary for the seat long held by Robert Byrd, and will face John Raese (R).
Republicans had long wanted Capito, shown here celebrating her 2008 re-election victory, to run for the Senate.
July 21, 2010 In a major disappointment to West Virginia Republicans, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R) announced she would not seek the Senate seat formerly held by the late Robert Byrd in this year's election.
Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., celebrates winning re-election to West Virginia's Second Congressional District Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008 in Charleston, W.Va.
July 20, 2010 The West Virginia Legislature has passed a law allowing the state to hold a special Senate election this year to fill the seat of the late Robert Byrd. Gov. Joe Manchin (D), as expected, announced his candidacy today.
July 19, 2010 The West Virginia state Legislature failed to pass a bill calling for a special election to fill the late Robert Byrd's Senate seat this year. Gov. Joe Manchin (D) is now expected to call for one on his own.
July 16, 2010 West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin will name a replacement for the late Sen. Robert Byrd today, and the Associated Press is saying it will be former Manchin chief counsel Carte Goodwin.
July 8, 2010 West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin says he wants a special Senate election to take place this year, saying having an appointee in office for 2-1/2 years without input from the voters is too long.
July 6, 2010 On Tuesday, the late Sen. Robert Byrd will be buried. On Wednesday, West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin begins the process of naming a successor.
June 28, 2010 It's official: The Senate race to succeed Robert Byrd in West Virginia won't occur until 2012, when his term was expiring. There will be no special election in 2010.
June 28, 2010 The Senate's longest serving member, Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia, is dead, at age 92. Gov. Joe Manchin, a fellow Democrat, will name his successor, but he says he will not select himself.
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