Delegate Kevin Craig, D-Cabell, is one of the Democrats who switched from voting against the bill to voting for the bill after meeting with Manchin.
He said the governor asked him Saturday what his concerns were. Among them, Craig said he wanted the law to be clear that a candidate could run in both the general election and in the special Senate primary.
"What I'm not for is precluding anybody from taking part in the special election," Craig said.
He said he felt he had the governor's commitment to work toward solutions.
Republicans have accused the governor of micromanaging the process for his own gain.
"This was about arranging an election in which the governor intends to run. That is what this was about," Armstead said.
Delegate Jonathan Miller, R-Berkeley, said the governor should have recused himself from the whole process.
"Let us, the legislative body, do this. Don't put pressure on us," he said.
Delegate Patrick Lane, R-Kanawha, said if the governor goes ahead and calls a special election on his own, there was no point in having the Legislature come to Charleston for the special session, which began last Thursday.
"If that happens, we have simply wasted $160,000 of the taxpayers' money," Lane said.
It typically costs at least $30,000 a day for the Legislature to meet.
Tennant said Sunday her office remains ready to hold an election.
"The people want an election and we haven't provided them one yet," she said in a phone interview.
The secretary of state also defended the part of the bill that would have given her leeway.
"We still needed some type of administrative ability to administer the election with some ability to modify," Tennant said.
Likewise, Thompson said Tennant needed some capacity to shift timelines so that the Legislature didn't have to be called into session to tweak the law if something unforeseen happened in coming weeks.
The impasse does not appear to threaten Manchin's appointment of Carte Goodwin to temporarily sit in the U.S. Senate until elections can be held.
"We are just working through the process of when we can and exactly how we have an election to fill the seat," said a Manchin spokeswoman in an e-mail. "However, his appointment stands."
Meanwhile, Capito has gone on the attack. In a statement released Friday, shortly after Goodwin was named, she pointed to chaos and confusion in the statehouse. Later in the day, she told National Review Online the legislature is "refashioning the law" for Manchin.
"West Virginians recognize that for what it is," Capito is quoted as telling the conservative website. "West Virginians don't like coronations."
Contact writer Ry Rivard at ry.riv...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1796.