The scenario that could bring Joe Manchin back to the Senate

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) likes to keep the political world on the edge, and he’s doing so again by teasing a “long-shot scenario” to reconsider his retirement as West Virginia‘s senior senator.

The 76-year-old Democrat had discussed a situation where he may make a late entry into the Senate race as an independent with the backing of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) but also conceded he is unlikely to reconsider his decision not to run for reelection. 

“I think that’s a long, long, long-shot scenario,” Manchin told CNN. “So I don’t anticipate that happening.”

Democratic sources with knowledge of the senator’s thinking say he could decide to get into the race if Don Blankenship wins the Democratic primary in the state. The former West Virginia coal executive filed paperwork
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