Washington, D.C. – Wear Virginia’s Democrat United States Senator Joe Manchin put an end to some speculation concerning his future Thursday.
In a short statement, Manchin announced he will not seek re-election in 2024.
“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,” the statement said.
There has been speculation that Manchin might seek another six-year term.
Manchin has also hinted that he might run for President on a third or No Labels ticket.
In making today’s announcement, the former Governor did not say a presidential bid is out of the question.
Instead, he added, “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’s decision will make Democrat chances of holding their tiny majority in the Senate even more bleak.
Current Republican Governor Jim Justice and Congressman Alex Mooney are already campaigning for Manchin’s seat. They will meet in the 2024 Republican primary.
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