On Wednesday, Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, revealed that he has made a decision regarding his political aspirations for the 2024 election cycle and has ruled out a presidential run.
"I'm not running for President of the United States," Manchin said to MetroNews during a radio interview broadcast from the State Capitol of West Virginia.
.@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
Although the Republicans have identified his seat as a top target to flip in the 2024 election cycle, the former governor of the state and two-term senator did not confirm whether he plans to seek re-election to his seat in the U.S. Senate.
Should Senator Manchin opt to seek re-election, several Republican candidates, such as West Virginia's 2nd Congressional District Representative, Alex Mooney, are already vying to challenge him.
There are speculations that the Republican Governor Jim Justice is considering a run for Senate. He won his first gubernatorial election as a Democrat in 2016, but switched to the Republican party during a rally with then-President Donald Trump in 2017 and was subsequently re-elected as a Republican in 2020.
Patrick Morrisey, the West Virginia Attorney General who was defeated by Manchin in the 2018 election as a Republican nominee, is reportedly contemplating another run. On the other hand, no other Democrats have declared their candidacy, presumably waiting for Manchin's decision before announcing their intentions to run.
Manchin won his first election through a special election in 2010 and later secured a full six-year term in 2012. Although he narrowly won his re-election bid in 2018, his constituents in the Republican-dominated state expressed their dissatisfaction with him for supporting President Biden's significant $739 billion Inflation Reduction Act in the previous year.
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