Joe Manchin Decision Not to Seek Re-election Adds Hurdles for Democrats in 2024

Senator Joe Manchin | Credits: Getty images
Senator Joe Manchin | Credits: Getty images

Washington, United States: US Senator Joe Manchin has decided not to contest in re-elections during the 2024 elections. It is reported that this will make it even harder for the Democrats to defend their majority of 51-49 during the elections.

It is to be noted that the Democrats defend 23 seats, while Republicans defend just 11 seats.

As Democrats are working to maintain their grip strong on the legislative chambers, there are a few states that are expected to be the most challenging races. Reportedly, the races are:


Senator Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, is aiming for another six-year term in a state that is heading in the direction of becoming more Republican, like West Virginia. In 2020, Trump secured victory by 8 points over Biden. State Senator Matt Dolan is among at least four Republicans seeking their party’s nomination.


Senator Bob Casey, a Democrat who has been in office since 2006, is expected to be the Democratic nominee for the next year. In the 2020 election, Biden narrowly secured victory in the state. One potential opponent for Casey is Republican David McCormick, who ran for the Senate in 2022 but did not progress beyond the Republican primary.

West Virginia:

As Democratic Senator Manchin has decided to retire from West Virginia, now Republican Governor Jim Justice, a state-leaning Republican, plans to take his place. It is to be noted that the state strongly supported Trump in 2020. Justice, previously a Democrat, needed to secure the Republican Party, where he faced opposition from prominent leaders like US Representative Alex Mooney, who supported efforts to challenge Biden’s 2020 election win.


Senator John Tester, who has been serving for a long time, is expected to face a competitive re-election in 2024, with Montana traditionally leaning towards Republicans. Tester, the sole Democrat in the state’s congressional delegation, contended with a challenging political landscape, having Trump win the state by a significant margin in 2020. One of the Republicans seeking the nomination is Tim Sheehy, a former Navy SEAL.


Senator Debbie Stabenow would not run again in a state that is usually biased towards Republican ideology. Biden won Michigan by a slim margin over Trump, and now, the open Senate seat is drawing interest from both Democrats and Republicans. Democratic US Representative Elissa Slotkin and Republican Peter Meijer, a former member of the US House who voted to impeach Trump after the January 6, 2021, Capitol attack, are among the contenders.


Kyrsten Sinema, an Independent Senator elected as a Democrat in 2018, hasn’t confirmed if she’ll run for re-election. If she does, she might contend with Democratic Representative Ruben Gallego and potentially face Republican Kari Lake, a Trump ally who lost the 2022 governor’s race. Sinema, part of the Democrats’ 51-49 majority, is among the three independents aligned with them.