Senator Joe Manchin stated that he does not know when he will be seeking a third term.
The West Virginia Democrat and congressional powerbroker told WV MetroNews’ that he would make a decision after the midterm elections next year.
“I have no idea. I’ll make a decision after [the] 2022 election, November. My term will be up in 2024,” Manchin said. “So I would make a decision then, I wouldn’t make it now.”
Manchin, the West Virginia’s last elected Democrat statewide, is in a precarious situation in a state where Republicans have been strongly trending. In 2018, Manchin managed to win a victory, two years after Donald Trump had won 68% and all of West Virginia’s counties.
Manchin will reach 77 years old in 2024. He previously declared that the 2018 election would be his last. However, that was before Manchin became the swing vote in an a divided Congress. In the 50-50 Senate, Manchin has largely been able to set the terms of President Biden’s domestic spending agenda — much to the ire of congressional progressives.
The fate and scope of Biden’s multi-trillion dollar Build Back Better spending bill in the Senate rests largely in his hands.