The seat of the late Larry Craig (R-WY) has been filled by a Democratic governor with a Republican, due to an unusual law in Craig's Wyoming. The state feels it fair to keep the seat in the hands of the party voters chose, so it allows the governor to make the pick, but the governor's candidate pool consists of three options provided by state Republican leadership.
The winner of the seat is Dr. John Barrasso, who will fulfill Craig's duties until a new election can be held in November 2008, the winner of which will fill out Craig's term, which expires in 2012. Michael Enzi (R-WY) is standing for re-election, making Wyoming home to a rare two-senator election. Barrasso moves up from the Wyoming state legislator. Craig was not on the all-important Commerce Committee.