Republican West Virginia Rep. Alex Mooney has announced that he will be running for Senate in 2024 against Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin.
Mooney is a member of the House Freedom Caucus and was strongly endorsed by former President Donald Trump during his primary race for the 2nd Congressional District.
“West Virginia values are at risk in this country. We’re bankrupting America. I want to be a part of the solution there,” Mooney said in a radio interview on MetroNews Talkline on Tuesday morning, according to a report from Fox News.
“It’s been talked about a lot, but I’m going to announce. I’m announcing it right now that I’m running for the U.S. Senate,” Mooney said. “I’m all in.”
In his endorsement during the primary season, Trump wrote that “Representative Alex Mooney has done an outstanding job as Congressman in West Virginia. In fact, he recently opposed the horrendous Biden Administration’s ‘Non-Infrastructure’ plan, and he opposed the January 6th Committee, also known as the Unselect Committee of partisan hacks and degenerates.”
“Alex has been strong on Crime, Borders, our great Military, and a champion for our Veterans. He will always protect our Second Amendment, and of particular importance is the fact that Alex fights for energy and beautiful clean coal — and he will never stop. Congressman Alex Mooney has my Complete and Total Endorsement!” Trump continued.
Republican West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has also been weighing a 2024 challenge against Sen. Manchin.
“I have been asked to consider running for [US Senate or governor] as well as the US House in the northern part of the state or stand for re-election as Attorney General,” Morrisey said, according to a report from the Charleston Gazette-Mail. “I want to give all of these options appropriate and due consideration. But rest assured, I know how important it is to be strong, especially when it comes to taking on a tough incumbent.”
Morrisey’s current term as Attorney General will be up in 2024, after being first elected in 2012.
According to the Gazette-Mail, the Republican said he is ready for “new fights — and likely a new position” in 2025.