West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin announces he won’t run for president in 2024

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WASHINGTON (AP) — West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin said Friday that he is not running for president, according to his spokesman Jon Kott.

Manchin announced his decision in a speech at West Virginia University.

Sen. Joe Manchin, d-W.Va., speaks outside the chamber, at the Capitol in Washington
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks at the U.S. Capitol in June. [J. Scott Applewhite | AP]
The centrist Democrat who often bucked his party’s leadership had been considering a run for the presidency and had said he thought it would be clear by March if there was a path for a third-party candidate this year.Manchin is not running for reelection in 2024. His Senate seat in a heavily Republican state is expected to be a prime pickup opportunity for the GOP.