Manchin, right, said he would stay put in the Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Sen. Joe Manchin III will not be taking any country roads home to West Virginia any time soon.
The Democratic senator announced Sunday he’s decided against seeking a return to the Mountaineer State’s governor’s mansion in 2016.
That’s good news for Manchin’s fellow Democrats as an open Senate seat could prove difficult to hold in a special election. His term is not up until the 2018 cycle. Manchin came to the Senate from the governorship after winning the special election following the death of Sen. Robert C. Byrd. He conceded Sunday the change of scenery has proven frustrating.