The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Monday endorsed Gov. Joe Manchin in the special election for the U.S. Senate in West Virginia, a rare nod for a Democratic candidate by the business lobbying group.
"We're endorsing Joe because he understands the economic challenges our country is facing and has a record of supporting policies that allow businesses to create jobs," Lisa Rickard, executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber, said in a statement. "He is an invaluable leader who has a common-sense approach to job creation and getting America back on the road to recovery."
The Manchin campaign touted the endorsement while noting he is the only Senate candidate in the nation to have been endorsed both by the Chamber and the AFL-CIO, the nation's largest labor union.
"Business and labor leaders know that I will be an independent voice in Washington, and that I will always do the right thing for our state, regardless of political party," the governor said.