2022 Midterm Election
Here’s What You Need to Know
On November 8th, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 Senate seats will be up for reelection. Currently, Democrats have a 222 to 212 seat advantage. Republicans need to net just six seats to retain control. With a favorable congressional map, Republicans are poised to win back the House of Representatives.
See below for everything you need to know heading into the 2022 Midterm Elections
Retiring House Republicans : 15
- Rep. Adam Kinzinger (IL-16)
- Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (OH-16)
- Rep. Kevin Brady (TX-08)
- Rep. Tom Reed (NY-23)
- Rep. Devin Nunes (CA-22)
- Rep. Trey Hollingsworth (IN-09)
- Rep. John Katko (NY-24)
- Rep. Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) – Died in Office
- Rep. Fred Keller (PA-12)
- Rep. Van Taylor (TX-03)
- Rep. Fred Upton (MI-06)
- Rep. Bob Gibbs (OH-07)
- Rep. Tom Reed (NY-23)
- Rep. Don Young (AK-00) – Died in Office
- Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (NE-01)
- Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) – Died in Office
Retiring Senate Republicans : 6
- Sen. Richard Shelby (AL)
- Sen. Richard Burr (NC)
- Sen. Roy Blunt (MO)
- Sen. Pat Toomey (PA)
- Sen. Rob Portman (OH)
- Sen. Jim Inhofe (OK) – Ending term early
Republicans Running for New Office : 8
Rep. Jody Hice (GA-10) – Running for Georgia Secretary of State
Rep. Lee Zeldin (NY-01) – Running for Governor of New York
- Rep. Billy Long (MO-07) – Running for Senate
- Rep. Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) – Running for Senate
- Rep. Ted Budd (NC-13) – Running for Senate
- Rep. Mo Brooks (AL-05) – Running for Senate
- Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) – Running for Attorney General
- Rep. Markwayne Mullin (OK-03) – Running for Senate
Retiring House Democrats : 24
- Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-02)
- Rep. Cheri Bustos (IL-17)
- Rep. David Price (NC-04)
- Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30)
- Rep. Filemon Vela (TX-34)
- Rep. G.K. Butterfield (NC-01)
- Rep. Jackie Speier (CA-14)
- Rep. John Yarmuth (KY-03)
- Rep. Mike Doyle (PA-17)
- Rep. Ron Kind (WI-03)
- Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-03)
- Rep. Alan Lowenthal (CA-47)
- Rep. Albio Sires (NJ-08)
- Rep. Stephanie Murphy (FL-07)
- Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40)
- Rep. Bobby Rush (IL-01)
- Rep. Brenda Lawrence (MI-14)
- Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07)
- Rep. Jerry McNerney (CA-09)
- Rep. Jim Langevin (RI-02)
- Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05)
- Rep. Kathleen Rice (NY-04)
- Rep. Ted Deutch (FL-22)
- Rep. Filemon Vela (TX-34)
Retiring Senate Democrats : 1
- Sen. Patrick Leahy (VT)
Democrats Running for New Office : 10
- Rep. Connor Lamb (PA-17) – Ran for Open PA Senate Seat
- Rep. Val Demings (FL-10) – Running for Senate
- Rep. Tim Ryan (OH-13) – Running for Senate
- Rep. Anthony Brown (MD-04) – Running for Attorney General of Maryland
- Rep. Karen Bass (CA-37) – Running for Mayor of Los Angeles
- Rep. Charlie Crist (FL-13) – Running for Governor of Florida
- Rep. Tom Suozzi (NY-03) – Running for Governor of New York, Lost Democratic Nomination
- Rep. Peter Welch (VT-00) – Running for Senate, Won Democratic Nomination
- Rep. Kai Kahele (HI-02) – Running for Governor, Lost Democratic Nomination
- Rep. Antonio Delgado (NY-19) – Appointed Lt Governor of NY
SWING STATES TO WATCH
President Joe Biden’s governing majorities are on the line in this November’s midterm elections, with voters set to decide whether to give the president’s Democratic Party another two years of unified control of Capitol Hill or to impose a check on the president for the second half of his term. Control of the Senate is the biggest storyline of the 2022 midterm elections. With Democrats holding a tight 50-50 majority, Republicans only need to net one seat to win control. The situation’s looking favorable for the GOP, but their path is filled with landmines.
Battles in the November general election are expected contencious, with between five and seven state Senate seats and 15 to 20 state House seats expected to be competitive races. In poll after poll, inflation in the South has dominated how Americans view the economy, emerging as a top concern in the lead up to the November 2022 midterms.
Georgia’s 14 U.S. congressional seats and one of two U.S. Senate seats are up for election. Voter turnout has been significantly higher among both parties compared to the previous midterm elections in 2018. The state had not voted for a Democratic president since 1992 until the 2020 election, so the outcome of the 2022 midterm election will be something to keep an eye on.
North Carolina’s 14 U.S. congressional seats and one U.S. Senate seats are up for election. North Carolina recently held its primary elections for several key midterm races that are poised to decide the make-up of both the U.S. House and Senate. The battleground state had every House seat up for re-election and additionally one of its Senate seats. The redrawing of North Carolina’s congressional districts in 2022 resulted in the addition of a 14th seat, with about half leaning towards each party and one district being deemed as highly competitive.
All eyes move to November’s general election, which are certain to be crucial in determining party control in Congress and the Senate.
Since the early ’90s, Ohio has consistently swung from red to blue and has sent an even mix of Dems and Republicans to the US Senate. But in 2016, it turned increasingly red – both at the federal and state levels. Today, while there’s still a Democrat and a Republican representing Ohio in the Senate, Republicans hold the majority over Ohio’s US House seats, governor, secretary of state, attorney general, and the state’s legislature. 16 U.S. congressional seats and one U.S. Senate seat are up for election.
Pennsylvania’s 18 U.S. congressional seats and one U.S. Senate seat are up for election. Voter turnout has been significantly higher among both parties compared to the previous midterm elections in 2018. The state had not voted for a Democratic president since 1992 until the 2020 election, so the outcome of the 2022 midterm election will be something to keep an eye on.
On Aug. 9, 2022, the polls were open in Wisconsin for the primary races ahead of the midterms in November. There is increased focus in the state races as Republicans in Wisconsin are looking for a state trifecta by holding control of the governor’s mansion, state House, and state Senate. 8 U.S. congressional seats and one U.S. Senate seat are up for election.
Nevada has emerged as one of the most competitive battleground states in the midterm elections, with voters set to cast their ballots in races that are expected to determine the balance of power in Congress over the next two years.
Although Nevada has typically benefited Democrats, Republicans have been homing in on the Senate race between Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Adam Laxalt, viewing the incumbent as particularly vulnerable due to rising crime rates and inflation. Polling has shown the race as a virtual toss-up, spelling trouble for the Democratic incumbent.
Nevada’s 4 U.S. congressional seats and one U.S. senate seat are up for election
Arizona has several high-profile races on the ballot this year that may have national implications for the power balance of Congress and how presidential elections will be held in the state.
Republicans are eyeing the Senate race between incumbent Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) who will face Trump-backed challenger Blake Masters for a seat the GOP is hoping to flip in November. Arizona’s 4 U.S. congressional seats and one U.S. Senate seat are up for election.
VOTING INFORMATION BY STATE
What are the other issues and policies that are affecting voters?
Abortion, of course, is just one of the major issues this election season. Voters’ priorities vary depending on party affiliation, class, and education, according to polling this spring and summer.
Gallup, which has been tracking the issues most important to voters over the last few months, consistently finds economic issues ranking as top of mind. General dissatisfaction with the government, abortion, and immigration are among the remaining top concerns.