Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin and Republican senate candidate John Raese do have some common ground: neither one, if elected, plans to stay in the senate anywhere near as long as the late West Virginia senator Robert Byrd did.
Byrd, who served in the senate for 51 years, is the longest-serving senator in U.S. history.
But Raese and Manchin laid out much more modest timelines to the Associated Press. Raese would like to stay in the senate for about eight years — one full term and the two years left of Byrd’s term — while Manchin would like to serve out Byrd’s term and an additional two full terms.