After Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema declared her independence from the Democratic Party on December 9, all eyes are on West Virginia Democrat Senator Joe Manchin.
During a Monday press conference Manchin refused to rule out leaving the Democratic Party.
“I’ll look at all of these things. I’ll look at every circumstance, and I have no intention of doing anything right now. Whether I do something later I can’t tell you what the future is going to bring,” he responded to a question from CNN’s Manu Raju.
“I’m not a Washington Democrat. I don’t know what else to tell you. … And if a Washington independent is — we’ll see what happens there. We’ll have to look. People are registering more for independent than any other party affiliation, they are sick and tired of it,” he continued.
Manchin is up for re-election in a very red state in 2024. It will be challenging for him to win as a Democrat. Both Republican Rep. Alex Mooney and Governor Jim Justice are considering challenging the two-term senator.
West Virginia Governor Jim Justice was the last Democrat to win a stateside election outside of Manchin when he became governor in 2016. Then in 2017 Justice switched to the Republican Party during a Trump rally.
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