Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is set to be one of the GOP’s top targets in its quest to take back control of the Senate in 2024, and one Republican is already being named as a likely challenger.
West Virginia Attorney General and failed 2018 Senate hopeful Patrick Morrisey told the Hill that he is “evaluating options” and is “looking very closely at the Senate race.”
“Sen. Manchin deeply disappointed West Virginians and let them down tremendously when he supported the ‘Build Back Broke’ bill last summer. That legislation really hit our state very hard. You can dress up the pig any way you want but most people in West Virginia understand that that bill is going to hurt us,” Morrisey told the outlet.
Manchin stonewalled President Joe Biden’s original Build Back Better plan but ultimately was the deciding vote for the renegotiated Inflation Reduction Act.
The outlet also lists Gov. Jim Justice (R) and Rep. Alex Mooney (R) as the top 2024 challengers to Manchin. Justice is term-limited, and Mooney recently won a hard-fought GOP primary for West Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District after the state lost a seat due to the latest census.
The Senate seats up for election in 2024 are set to favor the Republicans heavily, as Democrats are faced with the prospect of defending seats in GOP-friendly states, such as West Virginia, Montana, and Ohio.