U.S. Senate special election, Pennsylvania, 2010
Pennsylvania state law requires a special election to be scheduled within ten days of the vacancy being made on a date to be determined by the governor. The law further stipulates that the date of the special election cannot be held less than sixty days after this. There will be no primary contests for either major party as state party committees select their nominees. Senator Murtha's death on February 8, 2010, places the date on which the writ of election must be issued on February 18; the special election, therefore, cannot be held any sooner then March 18.