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Moderate Democratic Senator Joe Manchin suggested that the Republican successes in state and local elections Tuesday should serve as a warning to Democrats that real constituent fears can’t be neglected and ignored.

During an appearance on Fox News Wednesday, the West Virginia senator extrapolated a pattern of voter dissatisfaction with the country’s trajectory from the pivotal Virginia and New Jersey races, in which the Republican candidates far outperformed expectations.

“I just saw it to confirm that we have a divided country … I hope it’s a wake-up call for all of us,” Manchin said. “I’m concerned. I’ve been talking about our debt, I’ve been talking about inflation, [and] I’ve been talking about the [economic] fallout we may have [from the spending bills].”

In Virginia, Republican gubernatorial contender Glenn Youngkin bested former incumbent Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe after entering the race as an underdog. Youngkin prevailed by focusing relentlessly on education, attacking the progressive trajectory of public school curricula and the overly cautious approach to COVID policy in schools.

Manchin suggested that American energy independence could do a lot to ameliorate concerns over surging prices across multiple consumer sectors, an issue which President Biden has promised is unrelated to his massive spending packages.

“Why don’t we do more drilling and why don’t we do more basically production in the United States? I’m not depending on OPEC. I’m not depending on other countries for energy anymore. We know how to do it. We have the technology. We should be relying on ourselves,” he said.

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