A Capitol Hill Shakeup: Sen. Manchin Is Out in 2024


FILE - Sen. Joe Manchin, d-W.Va., speaks outside the chamber, at the Capitol in Washington, June 13, 2023. Manchin announced he won't seek reelection in 2024, giving Republicans a prime opportunity to pick up a seat in the heavily GOP state. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia announced he will not seek re-election in 2024. A critical player in the Democratic caucus, Manchin’s exit sent shockwaves through Capitol Hill, where Democrats hold a slender 51-49 majority.

Manchin’s decision further amplifies the stakes for upcoming elections, particularly in deeply Republican states like West Virginia, as Democrats fight to maintain control.

Manchin is known for his moderate stance and has been a key figure in bipartisan efforts. He has occasionally clashed with his own party, especially on environmental, energy, and economic policies.

As he bows out in the 2024 race, Manchin hinted at a new political journey, aiming to unite Americans across the divide.

“We need to take back America and not let this divisive hatred further pull us apart. Public service has and continues to drive me every day,” Manchin said.

But what will this mean for the balance of power in Washington? Can Democrats find a strong contender to hold the line in West Virginia, or will Republicans, feeling optimistic, seize the opportunity to tip the scales?

Click play to listen to the report from AURN White House Correspondent Ebony McMorris. For more news, follow @E_N_McMorris & @aurnonline.

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