In a shocking turn of events, Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia is considering abandoning the Democratic Party to become an Independent, according to reporting from Axios. Manchin has expressed dissatisfaction with the current party brands, and despite distancing himself from D.C. Democrats under President Joe Biden, he faces a tough reelection race at home against Republican Gov. Jim Justice. .He has also been involved with a centrist group potentially planning to run a third-party candidate in the 2024 presidential election. The question now is, will he actually make the jump?