Joe Manchin’s growing GOP challenger field could spell trouble for his re-election

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchina Democrat, faces a growing number of potential Republican challengers that could spell trouble as he enters his next re-election campaign.

For the past two years, Manchin, a moderate Democrat, has been the Senate king as he and fellow moderate Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., played a backstop amid some big blue priorities the thin edge.

Manchin’s dovish stance has given him serious clout in the chamber, as a “no” or “abstain” from him could scuttle any Democratic bill in the 50-50 Senate.

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Senator Joe Manchin said he believes the West Virginia GOP will have one "exciting, crowded elementary school" goes to the year 2024.

Sen. Joe Manchin said he believes the West Virginia GOP will have an “exciting, crowded primary” by 2024.
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The West Virginia Democrat has openly exercised that pressure, using his power to push back on party priorities that could change the fabric of the Senate, such as getting rid of the filibuster.

That power has drawn scrutiny, however, as other Democrats, notably progressives, have attacked Manchin and Sinema for voting against those priorities.

Amid party discord with Manchin, he’s won at least a couple of potential GOP challengers as his seat rises in 2024.

A week after his landslide re-election to the House of Representatives, Republican Rep. Alex Mooney from West Virginia announced that he will be constantly Manchin for all marbles to take over.

The West Virginia Republican is already in full swing, taking a swipe at Manchin on Fox & Friends last week by saying he’s too liberal to serve as a state senator for another term.

“I don’t think Joe Manchin represents our state well and I think we need a change there for a true conservative,” Mooney said.

Mooney also said he believes West Virginia should have a Republican representing the state in the Senate.

Mooney brings a serious Republican contender into the fray for a seat representing a state that’s constantly blushing. His recent electoral lead shows he could win some serious votes in at least one of Mountain State’s two congressional districts.

Rep. Alex Mooney announced his candidacy as a Republican to run against Sen. Joe Manchin in 2024.

Rep. Alex Mooney announced his candidacy as a Republican to run against Sen. Joe Manchin in 2024.
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Another potential challenger is Governor Jim Justice, a Republican who was a Democrat from 2015 to 2017.

The state press reported Tuesday that Justice is “very seriously considering” running for Manchin’s seat and that he will continue his tenure as the state’s executive branch until 2024.

“You will know very soon,” Justice said at his COVID-19 news conference.

Republican challengers still face an uphill battle for the Senate seat, even in a state that’s moving more toward the GOP.

Manchin, in a recent Fox News interview, noted that he was turned down in “every election” he’s voted in, and encouraged “people to get involved in the process.”

The Democratic senator also said he believes the GOP will have robust primaries for the 2024 race.

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice poses with his bulldog, Babydog, at his desk.  Justice said he was "consider very seriously" a run for the Senate in 2024.

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice poses with his bulldog, Babydog, at his desk. Justice said he was “very seriously” considering running for the Senate in 2024.
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“I think it’s going to be a very exciting crowded primary on the Republican side and we’ll just see how it goes,” Manchin said.

Manchin is an established and popular political figure among West Virginians. He has been in the Senate since 2010 and has also served as the state governor.

In his last election, however, Manchin edged out his Republican challenger, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, by just over three points.

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Even with his established political career and influence in the Senate, Manchin will have a elephant-sized target on his back by 2024 when Republicans attempt to take the seat.

Additionally, with West Virginia blushing, the Democratic presidential nominee will have a major impact on Manchin’s chances of re-election.

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