Senator Joe Manchin (D.W.Va.) has been frustrating for many Democrats because he is one of the deciding votes within the evenly divided Senate. But he could cause the party more headaches in 2024.
Senator Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ), one of Manchin’s Senate allies, recently defected to the Democratic Party. She has filed the initial paperwork necessary for fundraising for a 2024 reelection campaign. Sinema’s departure puts Arizona Democratic Party in a difficult position for the crucial 2024 Senate race in Grand Canyon State.
Democrats must hold onto Manchin in 2024 if the Senate is to remain in control. But a resignation could make it more difficult for him to govern. These are just three signs that Manchin may be joining Sinema in making Democrats headaches.
Uncertainty regarding his future with the Democratic Party
Manchin made his most clear indication yet that he might be leaving the Democratic Party by a confession on CBS News’s Face the Nation Sunday. Margaret Brennan asked Manchin if he would follow Sinema. He said no.
“If people try to stop something doing so much good due to politics, believing that somebody else will get credit, let’s watch how it plays out. Manchin stated that he would let you know what he did later.
Manchin declares that he is not a “Washington Democrat”.
Manchin, who claimed independence from his colleagues earlier this month by claiming he was not a “Washington Democrat” after being asked by CNN if he would quit the party following Sinema’s departure.
“I am not a Washington Democrat. Manchin stated, “I don’t know how to explain it to you.” “But I have many friends who aren’t Washington Republicans. And if a Washington Independent is, as I stated, more comfortable, we’ll see what happens there. We will have to see. I don’t know what the future will bring, so it doesn’t matter if I do something. He said that he could only give reporters a snapshot of his mindset and where he is at the moment.
Democrats will have a good chance of holding the seat if Manchin runs in 2024. However, the consensus is that if he doesn’t run, it would be a “free” seat for the GOP.
Manchin did not commit to a run for reelection in 2024 earlier this month. This caused serious problems for the party.
“I’m not in hurry. When Manchin was asked about his plans to reelect himself, he stated that he doesn’t need to be in a hurry. “The bottom line is that I care only about one thing. That’s the success and opportunity for my state and my people.”
Democrats will face a challenging Senate map in 2024 with three of their seats up in reelection in states Republicans won in recent years, and many others in battleground states.