BY TYLER DURDEN
FRIDAY, NOV 10, 2023 – 08:50 AM
In a setback for the Democratic Party’s ambition to retain control of the US Senate after 2024, Senator Joe Manchin will not seek re-election next year, the centrist West Virginia Democrat announced on Thursday. At the same time, he raised the possibility of causing more mischief for the Democrats, as he also teased a potential independent bid for the White House.
Manchin’s move will almost certainly deliver his senate seat to the Republicans. By one measure, West Virginia is the reddest state of all: In 2020, Trump won the Mountain State by a 38.9% margin, his biggest trouncing of Biden anywhere.
Even before Manchin’s announcement, the Washington Post declared the “2024 Senate map is a GOP dream.”Republicans need just a two-state pickup to take over the Senate — unless America elects a Republican vice-president/Senate tie-breaker. In that latter scenario, taking West Virginia could be all they need, provided they can hold existing Republican seats. Montana Democrat Jon Tester is also in jeopardy.
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