Joe Manchin Boosts Speculation of a Run for West Virginia Governor – EVOL

Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) has refused to rule out a gubernatorial run, boosting speculation that he’s planning to enter the race for governor of West Virginia.

It comes as reports emerged that Republicans are encouraging Manchin to run for governor of West Virginia.

Manchin responded to Monday reports that he’s being recruited by the GOP for a gubernatorial run.

When asked for comment about the reports, the senator did not rule out a potential run for governor.

West Virginia MetroNews reported that a group of Republicans who oppose the GOP gubernatorial nominee, state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, have urged Manchin to run for his old job.

However, Republicans are reportedly trying to recruit Manchin to run as an independent.

Manchin served as governor from 2005 to 2010 before West Virginians elected him to the U.S. Senate.

Asked about the report on Monday evening, Manchin told reporters in Washington, D.C., that he was aware of the rumors.

He said the Democrat nominee, Huntington Mayor Steve Williams, is a friend.

“I heard that this morning, the rumors,” Manchin said.

“I’ve supported my friend, Steve Williams.

“We’ve known each other for 40 years, got him involved.

“He’s a good person. I



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