Joe Manchin Gets Republican Challenger For 2024 -- And He's A Trump Supporter

Joe Manchin is getting a challenger for 2024.

GOP Rep Alex Mooney announced he will be challenging Dem Senator Joe Manchin in 2024.

Mooney said, “It’s been talked about a lot, but I’m going to announce. I’m announcing it right now that I’m running for the U.S. Senate.”

Mooney was the first Hispanic congressman to represent West Virginia.

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The Washington Examiner reported:

Rep. Alex Mooney (R-WV) has thrown his hat into the ring for the 2024 election to try and unseat Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV).

Mooney announced his challenge to the senator in a radio interview on MetroNews Talkline on Tuesday morning. Upon taking office in Congress in 2015, Mooney became the first Hispanic congressman to represent West Virginia and had worked as a chairman of the Maryland Republican Party prior to his time in Congress, according to Fox News.

Manchin won his senate seat by only 3 points in 2018. Donald Trump won the state by almost 40% in 2020 against Brandon.

Fox News reported:

Manchin faced his toughest challenge in 2018 when he won by only three percent, and could face a tight challenge from Mooney as West Virginia grows increasingly Republican. The moderate Democrat has faced criticism within his party as a swing vote in the 50-50 Senate during the last two years.

Manchin, who describes himself as pro-life, voted to keep the Hyde Amendment, which prevents federal dollars towards funding abortions, despite efforts from his party to nix the nearly five-decade-old measure. However, Manchin said he was disappointed by the overturn of Roe v. Wade and declared he would vote to codify abortion rights.

West Virginia has morphed into a Republican stronghold in recent election cycles. Support for Democrats has steadily declined — Al Gore won 46% of the state in 2000 and Brandon won just 30% of the state in 2020. The state’s other U.S. Senator is Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican who won 70% of the vote in 2020. West Virginia has not had two Republican senators since 1958.

If Republicans are able to flip the seat it will go a long way in helping Republicans take the majority in the Senate.

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