Sen. Joe Manchin (D) “is once again considering running for governor of West Virginia, according to several people who are familiar with the Senator’s thinking. … Manchin is already getting calls about 2020, some from Democrats who themselves are thinking about running for governor and want to know his plans and some from West Virginians encouraging him to run.”
“Manchin was first elected Governor in 2004 and re-elected in 2008. He stepped down in 2010 after running successfully for the two-year unexpired term of” Sen. Robert Byrd (D) “after Byrd died. … Manchin floated the idea a few years ago of running for a third term as Governor, although he eventually decided to stay out of the race."
"In 2016,” Gov. Jim Justice (R) “made sure Manchin was not running before he got in the race. Manchin backed Justice and Justice hired several key members of Manchin’s campaign team, including consultant Larry Puccio and pollster Jefrey Pollock. But there were two significant developments after Justice won; he switched from the Democratic to the Republican Party and he fired Manchin’s wife, Gayle, from her position as state Secretary for the Arts. Those actions cooled the relationship between the two.” (WV Metro News)