Joe Manchin gets a GOP challenger

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Rep. Alex Mooney, R-W. Va., announced Tuesday that he will run for Senate in 2024 in a bid to unseat Sen. Joe Manchin.

"West Virginia values are at risk in this country. We’re bankrupting America. I want to be a part of the solution there," Mooney said in a radio interview on MetroNews Talkline on Tuesday morning.

"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 said. "I’m all in."

Manchin faced his toughest challenge in 2018 when he won by only 3%, 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.

Mooney became the first Hispanic congressman to represent West Virginia when he assumed office in 2015. Previously, he worked as a chair of the Maryland Republican Party, where he represented a western district.

Manchin drew national attention when he announced his opposition to Biden’s Build Back Better plan, which needed his vote to pass in the Senate. He continued negotiations with the White House as the bill evolved into the Inflation Reduction Act, which passed thanks to his vote.... (Read more)