Jan 22, 2023 - Politics & Policy

Manchin on 2024 political ambitions: "Everything is on table"

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va) was noncommital Sunday on whether he will seek re-election to the Senate in 2024.

Why it matters: Republicans are already eyeing West Virginia as a top seat to flip to regain control of the chamber.

  • One Republican, West Virginia Rep. Alex Mooney, already announced he is running for Manchin's seat in 2024.

What he's saying: "I haven't made a decision what I'm going to do in 2024," Manchin said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," when asked whether he would run as a Democrat.

  • "I’ve got two years ahead of me now to do the best I can for the state and for my country," he said.
  • "Everything's on the table," Manchin, who also did not rule out running for president in 2024, added. He did rule out running for West Virginia governor in 2024.
  • "I'm going to do everything I can to make sure that, when I make my decision, I make it based on ... what I think I can do to support and best for my country and my state," he said.

Zoom out: Democrats face a 2024 Senate map that is highly favorable to Republicans and they'll look to retain control of a number of seats, including some in states where former President Trump won in 2020.

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