Although several Democrats have said on social media they will all get behind a candidate when the special session rolls around, there's always the chance the vote could be contested on the floor. Delegates also can nominate other speaker candidates from the floor.
Both White and Miley have repeatedly said they don't want a contested election because they think it would be bad for the party next session and next election cycle.
Republican Minority Leader Tim Armstead said he was trying to swing Democrats to vote for a GOP speaker in the days following Thompson's election. It's unlikely that will happen, but the GOP still will caucus and presumably nominate Armstead as their own speaker candidate.
Democrats are optimistic they'll have Thompson's replacement as a delegate representing Wayne County on hand for the speaker vote.
The Wayne County Democratic Executive Committee started accepting nominations for a replacement delegate almost immediately after Thompson announced his resignation.
The committee said Wednesday that people could throw their hat in the ring until Monday. The committee plans to meet at 6 p.m. Monday. They'll nominate three people to fill the rest of Thompson's term, and send those names to the governor.
Jacob Winowich, executive director of the state Democratic Party, said the committee has received letters from more than 10 people interested in Thompson's seat.
By sending three names to Tomblin Monday night, there's a good chance the replacement can be sworn in at the special session Tuesday and have a say in the speaker's race.
"I know everyone is working really hard to makes sure the potential new delegate is going to go to the special (session)," Winowich said.
The session starts a busy week for lawmakers. They're expected in Wheeling Wednesday through Friday for interim committee meetings.
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