Manchin might shock Washington with last-minute effort to return

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) isn’t giving up on keeping Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) in his chamber.

Manchin took himself out of contention for higher office when he bowed out of running for reelection last November and rejected calls to run for president in February. But Schumer recently floated a long-shot proposal of the centrist senator running as an independent in West Virginia’s Senate race, cutting off a prime seat that would help Republicans regain control of the chamber.

“I think that’s a long, long, long-shot scenario,” Manchin told CNN about running as an independent candidate. “So I don’t anticipate that happening. I don’t anticipate running.”

When pressed whether the door was entirely closed before the summer filing deadline, Manchin said, “I don’t know if anything in Washington, D.C.,
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