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.
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.
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.