CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Marshall County Sen. Jeff Kessler is claiming victory in the race to become acting president of the West Virginia Senate.
The Democrat announced Monday that he had secured the support of 20 of the Senate's 34 members to win the nomination.
An acting president is needed to fill the void left by Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin's elevation to acting governor. Tomblin was promoted after former Gov. Joe Manchin was elected to the U.S. Senate in November.
Tomblin is expected to win another term as Senate President so he can continue serving as the state's chief executive.
With Tomblin in the governor's mansion, an acting president was needed to run the Senate's day-to-day business.
Kessler says he will keep stability in the Senate