Who’s next? Six Democratic senators who may retire ahead of a potentially brutal 2024 election

Several Senate Democrats may be considering retiring rather than face a potentially bruising 2024 re-election campaign.

While Democrats performed better than expected in the 2022 midterm elections, the 2024 election cycle – where Democrats will be defending seats in several battleground states – could have a far different outcome.

In what could be the first of many similar announcements, Michigan Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow announced last week she will not seek re-election in 2024. Stabenow’s decision to conclude her decades-long Senate career in 2025 provides Republicans with a pickup opportunity.

Democrats will be defending 23 of the 34 Senate seats up for grabs next cycle. Of their 23 seats up for election, seven are in states won by former President Trump in either 2016 or 2020. Republicans, however, will not be defending any seat in a state won by President Biden, unlike the 2022 midterms where the most competitive races were in states Biden won: Nevada, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Arizona.

DEMOCRAT SEN. DEBBIE STABENOW ANNOUNCES SHE WILL NOT SEEK RE-ELECTION IN 2024

From Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia to Sen. Jon Tester of Montana, political prognosticators are wondering if some Democrats could soon announce a retirement from the chamber.

Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, center, and Jon Tester of Montana
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