Joe Manchin announces Senate re-election bid

By Staff reports
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Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin made it official Wednesday, announcing his 2018 re-election campaign in an email to supporters.

“I want you to be among the first to know that I am officially running for re-election in 2018 to continue serving West Virginia in the United States Senate,” he said.

The email contains a link to an issues survey, with topics ranging from access to health care, prescription drug abuse, a comprehensive energy strategy, and senior and veteran care.

“With you by my side and with hard work to bring people together, I know we will continue to achieve great things for West Virginia, and for our nation,” he said.

Manchin took over Robert C. Byrd’s Senate seat in a special election in 2010, following Byrd’s death, and was re-elected in 2012. Prior to earning his Senate seat, Manchin served as a state legislator, governor and secretary of state.

In the primary, he is slated to face Paula Jean Swearengin, an activist backed by Brand New Congress, an offshoot of Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign.

One of the two of them will face the winner of the GOP primary, which so far consists of U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va, and state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and former coal miner Bo Copley.

Reach Jake Zuckerman at, 304-348-4814 or @jake_zuckerman on Twitter.

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