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Joe Manchin Leaves Democratic Party

Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia announced he was leaving the Democratic Party and

registering as an independent. Manchin announced in November that he would not be seeking re-election for his senate seat, fueling rumors that the senator may be considering a gubernatorial or presidential run, according to Politico. Manchin, 76, who has served in the Senate since 2010 and was a member of the Democratic Party for decades, announced the decision on X, formerly known as Twitter, saying that he wanted to “bring the country together.”

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