Joe Manchin Leaves Democrat Party

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Joe Manchin is no longer a Democrat.

In a post on X, Joe Manchin announced he was leaving the Democrat party and becoming an independent.

Manchin said, “My commitment to do everything I can to bring our country together has led me to register as an independent with no party affiliation.”

Axios reported:

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) officially left the Democratic Party on Friday and registered as an independent.

Why it matters: Manchin, who flirted with an independent presidential bid earlier this year, has said he’s not running for Senate re-election. But leaving the party could give him the flexibility to change tack and run for Senate or West Virginia governor as an independent.

What they’re saying: In a statement revealing his decision, Manchin accused both the Democratic and Republican parties of prioritizing “partisan extremism” and “jeopardizing our democracy.”

The big picture: Manchin, a lifelong centrist Democrat who served two terms as West Virginia governor before his election to the Senate in 2010, has at times been highly critical of the Biden administration.

Manchin previously announced he would not be running for re-election.

The Hill reported:

Manchin announced in November that he wouldn’t be running for reelection this year, after serving in the Senate since 2010. Before coming to Congress, he served as the governor of West Virginia from 2005-10.