Poll: Joe Manchin 2024 bid hurts Ron DeSantis more than Donald Trump

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The West Virginia Senator suggests the 2024 race needs a centrist 'Plan B.'

While it’s by no means certain West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin will run for President, polling is already testing the question.

An Echelon Insights survey from late May suggests that should the West Virginia Democrat mount a third-party run instead of running for re-election, it would affect Ron DeSantis more than Donald Trump in a race against incumbent and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

Trump would hold a one-point advantage over Biden, 42% to 41%, with Manchin taking 9% and 8% unsure in a hypothetical General Election.

Meanwhile, Biden would be up four points over DeSantis, 42% to 38%, with Manchin pulling 8% support. Another 12% would be unsure of who they would support in that potential election.

Echelon polled 1,035 likely voters between May 22 and May 25, with a sample made up of 38% Republicans, 37% Democrats, and 35% independents. The margin of error is ±3.9%.

Polls show Manchin is behind in a potential re-election matchup against Republican Jim Justice, the current Governor of West Virginia. Perhaps with that in mind, the Senator is publicly mulling a White House run.

“Not ruling anything in, not ruling anything out,” Manchin said on Fox News Sunday, positioning himself (or someone) as a potential centrist “Plan B.”

“You better have Plan B because if Plan A shows that we’re going to the far reaches of both sides, the far left and the far right, and that people don’t want to go to the far left and the far right — they want to be governed from the middle,” he said.

“I’m not saying who it’s going to include or exclude,” he added. “I’m saying you better have Plan B ready … because that’s what it’s going to take for this country to remain the superpower of the world.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Joe

    June 5, 2023 at 1:55 pm

    Somebody please re-bury the fossil Manchin wherever he was dug up from, along with all his coal-industry puppet-masters.

    • Dont Say FLA

      June 5, 2023 at 3:53 pm

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  • Terri

    June 5, 2023 at 3:29 pm

    I respect Joe Manchin. He doesn’t let anyone tell him how to vote. He votes what he thinks is right. He doesn’t give a sh** was likes it or not. I would to look into his voting history but he would be a probable candidate.

    • Michael K

      June 6, 2023 at 9:23 am

      He votes for his wallet. Period.

  • Dont Say FLA

    June 5, 2023 at 3:52 pm

    Now there’s a running mate for DeSantis. Little Rhonda could be VEEP to President Joe Manchin. That’s so crazy it just might work.

  • Earl Pitts American

    June 6, 2023 at 10:48 am

    Good morning America,
    Manchin was somewhat of a “sometimes” “usefull idiot” for the conservatives in his oppisition to “some” dook 4 brains leftist initivatives in the past.
    However: that is mostly due to a brain defect which Manchin suffers from: which sadly makes him unable to differentate right from wrong often.
    There is no place in The White House for such an unpredictable mentally deficient “sometimes” usefull idiot such as Manchin.
    Sure he can be a Senator but you you wouldent want him in a really important position such as an auto mechanic, barber, mini-mart clerk, cashier down at the Asian massage parlor, or anything for that matter, which might really directly effect the wellbeing of our beloved citizens of The USA.
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts “You Want To Be Me” American

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