Guy Benson
A Republican Senate source informs me that special election winners and Democratic Senators-elect Joe Manchin of West Virginia, and Chris Coons of Delaware, will be sworn in around 4pm this afternoon for the lame duck session.

Conspicuously absent will be Senator-elect Mark Kirk, the Republican victor of Illinois' simultaneous special and general election.  As we reported last week, Kirk conveniently won't be seated for several weeks due to "paperwork" holdups in Illinois.

No Senate votes are scheduled for today or tomorrow, although the GOP caucus will hold a private vote on Sen. Jim DeMint's proposed earmark moratorium tomorrow. 

Guy Benson

Guy Benson is's Political Editor. Follow him on Twitter @guypbenson. He is co-authors with Mary Katharine Ham for their new book End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun).

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