Another Senator Bites The Dust, BYE BYE Liberal Joe Manchin Leaves Senate
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced Thursday that he will not seek reelection to the Senate in 2024, almost certainly handing Republicans a seat in next year's elections in a deep red state.
"After months of deliberation and long conversations with my family, I believe in my heart of hearts that I have accomplished what I set out to do for West Virginia. I have made one of the toughest decisions of my life and decided that I will not be running for re-election to the United States Senate," Manchin, 76, said in a statement. "But what I will be doing is traveling the country and speaking out to see if there is an interest in creating a movement to mobilize the middle and bring Americans together."
Manchin, who has held his seat since 2010, had long been considered the most vulnerable Senate Democrat on the map heading into 2024 and was, until Thursday, the lone Democratic incumbent who hadn't made his 2024 plans public. His announcement had been expected later this year or closer to the January filing deadline.
He was staring down the toughest electoral challenge of his Senatorial career, as West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) has increasingly become the favorite to win next year, " says the Hill.
Another major candidate for U.S. Senator is Congressman Alex Mooney.
"U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin has not announced his intent to seek re-election for a third term, but U.S. Rep. Alex Mooney has outraised Manchin for the second quarter in a row.
Mooney, R-W.Va., raised $383,244 during the three-month period while Manchin, D-W.Va., raised $237,724. Republican challenger Christopher Rose raised $1,939.
Mooney, who announced his 2024 candidacy for Senate in November shortly after securing his election to the recently redistricted 2nd Congressional District, also out-raised Manchin during the previous quarter. Between October and December 2022, Mooney raised $317,290 compared to Manchin's haul of $160,030 during the same quarter.