Senator Joe Manchin from West Virginia has declared that he will not seek reelection in 2024, as announced on social media Thursday. In a posted message, Manchin outlined his decision, stating, “I will not be running for reelection to the United States Senate, 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.”
This development poses a challenge for the Democratic Caucus, which holds a narrow 51-49 majority in the Senate. Manchin’s decision not to run again in a predominantly conservative state adds complexity to Democrats’ efforts, as they face the task of defending seats in other competitive states.
Shortly after Manchin’s announcement, Montana Senator Steve Daines, chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, expressed confidence, stating, “We like our odds in West Virginia.”
The future plans for Manchin after leaving Capitol Hill remain uncertain. Earlier this year, he fueled speculation of a potential third-party presidential campaign during a No Labels forum at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire. In July, Manchin asserted, “I’ve never been in any race I’ve ever spoiled. I’ve been in races to win. And if I get in a race, I’m going to win.”