Key Democratic groups won’t commit to supporting Manchin re-election following party criticism
Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who has increasingly become the target of criticism from his own party, could be facing an uphill battle in his re-election bid next year.
Key Democratic organizations have so far declined to commit to supporting Manchin’s re-election bid, citing his opposition to some of the party’s key priorities.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) and the Democratic Governors Association (DGA) have both declined to make any statements on Manchin’s re-election chances, according to The Washington Post.
The DSCC and DGA are the two largest Democratic campaign committees and typically support the party’s incumbent senators. But both committees have sidestepped the issue when asked about their backing for Manchin.
“We are focused on recruiting strong candidates and supporting them to win in 2022,” a DSCC spokesperson said when asked about Manchin’s re-election chances.
The DGA also had a similar response, saying it is “focusing on electing Democrats in 2022 and we’ll let the primaries shake out.”
The lack of support from the two groups comes after Manchin has become a frequent target of criticism from fellow Democrats. Manchin has opposed several key Democratic priorities, including the $15 minimum wage and the For the People Act, a sweeping voting rights bill.
He has also been critical of the party’s leftward shift, saying it needs to “come back to the center.”
Manchin, who is up for re-election in 2022, has also been a vocal opponent of abolishing the legislative filibuster, which could put him at odds with the party’s progressive wing.
The lack of support from the DSCC and DGA is a sign that Manchin could be in for a tough fight in his re-election bid next year. Despite the party’s criticism of Manchin, the senator has maintained a strong approval rating in West Virginia, suggesting he could still have a chance at re-election.