Democratic senator announces his upcoming retirement

May 23, 2023

A Democratic Senator from the president's home state has announced that he won't run for reelection in 2024.

Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware shared a statement on Monday to confirm plans to step down after 2024.

The announcement

"It was Joe Biden who encouraged me to run for the Senate when I was in my last year as governor," Carper tweeted.

"He has encouraged me every step of the way in my career. I Iook forward to continuing to work with Joe and Kamala to keep delivering for the American people," he added.

The details

Carper also shared the information about his retirement during a press conference.

“After a good deal of prayer and introspection and more than a few heart-to-heart conversations, we decided I should do neither,” Carper said referring to the possibility of a run next year and then “riding off into the sunset.”

“But rather, I should run through the tape in the next 20 months and finish the important work that my staff and I have begun on a wide range of fronts," he added.

"Carper is one of several incumbent senators who have announced that they will not seek reelection next year," Newsmax reported.

"The others are Democrats Ben Cardin of Maryland, Dianne Feinstein of California and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, and Republican Mike Braun of Indiana," it added.

Beyond Caper, Republicans are waiting to hear whether Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) announces a run for reelection. If so, he would face the state's popular GOP governor in a battle the GOP hopes to win to flip the seat.

The chances of Republicans winning back power in the Senate continue to increase but much will depend on the GOP nominee in determining how much help other candidates will get. So far, former President Donald Trump leads in polls, setting up a potential 2020 rematch.

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