Manchin Latest In Line Of Democrats Considering Exit From Party

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 29: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) arrives for a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing on Capitol Hill on September 29, 2022 in Washington, DC. Earlier this week, Manchin announced that he would move forward on government funding legislation without his signature energy permitting reforms included. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) declined to confirm whether he planned to run for reelection in 2024, putting Democrats on edge as they seek to maintain their slim Senate majority in the next election cycle.
  • All eyes are on Manchin as he approaches the end of his term, as the West Virginia senator is considered to be one of the most vulnerable Democrats heading into the 2024 election cycle.
  • If he does seek a third term, Manchin would be running in a state that former President Donald Trump won by 38.9 percentage points in 2020 — making him a top target for the Republican Party.

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