On Wednesday, Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a Democrat, revealed his political intentions for the 2024 election cycle and has decided against running for president.
"I am not running for President of the United States," Manchin declared to MetroNews during a radio interview broadcast from West Virginia's State Capitol.
.@Sen_JoeManchin joins @HoppyKercheval LIVE from the State Capitol to discuss his conversations with different politicians in WV about tax cuts. What did he hear? What does he think? WATCH: https://t.co/yCFQ3nEhk6 pic.twitter.com/JzdDmrZzUu
— MetroNews (@WVMetroNews) February 22, 2023
Republicans have identified his seat as a top target to flip in the 2024 election cycle, though the former governor and two-term senator has yet to declare whether or not he plans on running for reelection to his seat in the U.S. Senate.
Senator Manchin may decide to run for reelection again, with several Republican candidates including West Virginia's 2nd Congressional District Representative Alex Mooney already campaigning in his support.
Rumors swirl that Republican Governor Jim Justice may run for Senate. He won his initial gubernatorial election as a Democrat in 2016, but switched over to the GOP during a rally with then-President Donald Trump in 2017 and was then re-elected as a Republican in 2020.
Patrick Morrisey, the West Virginia Attorney General who was defeated by Manchin as a Republican nominee in 2018, is reported to be considering another run for office. Meanwhile, no other Democrats have declared their candidacy yet; likely waiting for Manchin's announcement before making their intentions known.
Manchin won his initial election through a special election in 2010 and went on to secure an eight-year term the following year. Although he narrowly lost his reelection bid in 2018, many Republicans in his home state expressed dissatisfaction with him for supporting President Biden's monumental $739 billion Inflation Reduction Act the year prior.
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