Trump Boasts After Manchin Announces Retirement

On Thursday, Trump posted on his Truth Social platform, taking credit for retiring Senator Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia)

According to reports, Trump wrote that Democrat Joe Manchin has chosen not to run for re-election after his endorsement of his West Virginia opponent, “Big Jim” Justice for the U.S. Senate.
Manchin declared he would not seek reelection. He was opposed by two Republicans: West Virginia Representative Alex Mooney and Virginia Governor Jim Justice, both of whom had the support of the Republican Senate Campaign Committee.

Polling data shows that Manchin had an uphill battle. According to a poll conducted by Emerson College and published last month, Justice is ahead of Manchin 41% to 28%.

In a hypothetical matchup against Mooney, West Virginia Democrat Manchin performed better, receiving 37% support to Mooney’s 31%.

A report shows Manchin made a statement saying that he had done what he intended to do for West Virginia. After months of consideration and extensive talks with his family, he made the most difficult decision of not seeking reelection to the Senate. Instead, he will be touring the country to gauge support for a grassroots effort to unite and empower Americans.

Manchin was seen as the Democrats’ most significant chance of keeping the Senate seat. Thus, the independent election analyst Cook Political Report reclassified the district to “solid Republican” from “toss-up” shortly after Manchin’s declaration.

This week, the out-going West Virginia Democrat Senator provided the most direct response he has provided so far in response to inquiries on his potential candidacy for president.

A critic of former President Donald J. Trump and current President Joe Biden, Manchin said he was willing to do anything in his power to assist the nation. In an interview, NBC’s Kristen Welker asked him if it meant he was considering a run for president. The response from Manchin was “Absolutely.”