House lawmakers seek bigger congressional stage with 2024 runs for Senate

As both parties wrestle for control of the Senate next year, several lawmakers in the House are looking to trade their seats in the lower chamber for greater legislative influence.  

At least 12 lawmakers so far have announced they would forgo reelection in the House to run instead for a Senate seat in November, marking the largest cohort of such retirements since the 2014 midterm elections, when 13 members did the same. Of the current 12, nine are Democrats and three are Republicans. 

A handful of the Senate races are competitive opportunities for Republicans to flip control of the upper chamber, including in Michigan and West Virginia. The latter is the GOP’s best shot of winning control in November after incumbent Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) opted not to run for reelection, shifting the seat from a toss-up to “Solid Republican,” according to the nonpartisan Cook Political Report. 

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