Manchin Promises to Stay a Democrat; Angus King Doesn’t Answer

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Posted November 5, 2014 at 1:44pm

Moderate Senate Democrat Joe Manchin III of West Virginia has no plans to switch parties following last night’s sweep to the majority for Senate Republicans — and we’re still waiting to hear from Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, on his plans.  

“Senator Manchin is a proud West Virginia Democrat and will remain one,” a Manchin aide said in an email.  

Manchin, who has chafed under the Senate gridlock, was seen as a possible target for Republicans to try to woo.  

King hasn’t yet announced which party he will caucus with, but he’s expected to announce his decision soon. He currently caucuses with Democrats but recently endorsed some Republicans, including Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, for re-election.  

Niels Lesniewski contributed to this article.