Republican West Virginia Rep. Alex Mooney declared on Tuesday that he will run for the seat now held by Senator Joe Manchin; the election will actually occur in 2024.
Manchin, who has been a member of the United States Senate for over a decade, told Fox News that he still has not made a “full decision” on whether to run for reelection in 2024.
Mooney, who has been a member of the U.S. House of Reps since early 2015, was recently re-elected to a second term in the 2022 midterm elections; he will almost certainly face competition in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat.
During an interview with the Associated Press, Mooney stated of Manchin, “I think I’ll beat him. Clearly, he’s been around a long time, knows a lot of people, has a large amount of money,” Mooney remarked, according to the source, adding that by launching early, he will have more time to fundraise. “I simply wish to make my intentions clear to everybody, including Joe Manchin.”
Previous President Donald Trump supported Mooney in 2021, ahead of the Republican primary election in 2022, in which Mooney beat fellow Republican Rep. David McKinley of West Virginia. Mooney, who declared his Senate candidacy during an appearance with MetroNews’ “Talkline,” stated that he’d like to connect with Trump again and solicit the former president’s support.
In an ad released ahead of the GOP primaries earlier this year, Manchin endorsed McKinley over Mooney. “Alex Mooney has demonstrated that he is entirely focused on Alex Mooney. But West Virginians understand that David McKinley is all about them” Manchin stated in the advertisement.
Democrats held hold to possession of the Senate chamber during the 2022 midterm elections, but the GOP appeared to have secured a majority in the House.