Manchin gets a GOP challenger

West Virginia Republican Rep. Evan Jenkins announced Monday he will challenge Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinOvernight Energy: EPA aims to work more closely with industry Overnight Finance: Lawmakers grill Equifax chief over hack | Wells Fargo CEO defends bank's progress | Trump jokes Puerto Rico threw budget 'out of whack' | Mortgage tax fight tests industry clout Lawmakers try again on miners’ pension bill MORE (D-W.Va.) next year.

Manchin is seen as one of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats in the country, and represents a state easily won by President Trump in last year's election.

The former governor is also one of the best-known politicians in his state, however, and he has worked carefully to cultivate an independent image. 

That's an image Jenkins will look to attack; on Monday, he argued that Manchin had "changed" since coming to Washington in 2010. 

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"Joe changed when he got to Washington. West Virginia values? Not anymore," Jenkins says in an announcement vide on his campaign website.

Jenkins focuses on Manchin's decision to author compromise legislation in 2013 that would have strengthened background checks on gun sales. That bill, which failed in the Senate, is proof that Manchin won't stand up for the Second Amendment, Jenkins said.

"Joe Manchin broke that promise, violating our values and pushing gun control with Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaAll five living former presidents to attend hurricane relief concert Overnight Health Care: Schumer calls for tying ObamaCare fix to children's health insurance | Puerto Rico's water woes worsen | Dems plead for nursing home residents' right to sue Interior moves to delay Obama’s methane leak rule MORE and the New York liberals," Jenkins says, as footage plays of then-President Obama and others talking about Manchin's work on the bill.

Jenkins is a top recruit for the seat, so his entry will help boost Republican hopes that the party can knock off Manchin. Other Republicans are publicly weighing a bid, including fellow Reps. David McKinleyDavid McKinleyLawmakers try again on miners’ pension bill There’s a way to protect consumers and keep good call center jobs in the U.S. The myth of OTC hearing aids MORE and Alex Mooney, along with state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey

West Virginia is one of the 10 states where Democrats are defending a Senate seat in a state won by President Trump in 2016.

Republicans are also defending just eight seats overall compared to 25 for Democrats. 

Trump won a larger share of the vote in West Virginia than in any state except Wyoming, a fact Jenkins played up.

"With Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump pens op-ed on kindergartners learning tech Bharara, Yates tamp down expectations Mueller will bring criminal charges Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open MORE in the White House, we've got a real chance to turn things around," Jenkins says as video of Trump meeting with miners plays on the screen. 

"He needs our help and I need your help."

This story was updated at 4:29 .m.