Daily Beast – For the last two years, whenever Sen. Joe Manchin opened his mouth, many Democrats got ready to wince—it usually meant he was about to dismiss or pump the brakes on one of the party’s agenda items.
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But now, Democrats are anxious for the word from Manchin on something else entirely: whether he’ll run for re-election in 2024.
Although the West Virginia Democrat has driven many in his party crazy, it’s a near-certainty that, without Manchin, Democrats will be even more hard-pressed to hold his Senate seat. The reflexively centrist, battle-tested senator is likely the only Democrat with a real chance to win in the ever-redder West Virginia.
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