WV Gov “Probably” Going To Challenge Joe Manchin

The Hill reports:

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice (R) said on Monday that he will likely run for the state’s Senate seat in 2024, as Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) mulls whether he will run again.

“I’ve given a lot of thought and I’m still very, very, very seriously considering it,” he said on WTRF 7News. “In fact, I’m probably leaning that way.”

“I came here to serve. And at the end of the day, if I could genuinely believe with all my soul, that I’m going to make a difference, I’ll do it,” he concluded.

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Justice, once a coal mining billionaire, is now worth a mere $500 million or so. He switched to the Republican Party shortly after being elected and campaigned for Trump. Justice was arguably the most pro-vaccine Republican governor and spearheaded his state’s vaccination effort with weekly press events and social media campaigns.