Your guide to the 2022 midterm elections
The 2022 midterm election year kicks off in earnest this spring with a series of Republican and Democratic primaries that will set up the November general election. This preview provides an introduction to the year ahead, with a focus on the most important House, Senate and gubernatorial races, as well as a look at the voters and issues that will help to determine which party holds power starting next January. There’s also a little history thrown in that speaks to President Biden’s problems, plus a look at how former president Donald Trump remains a factor.
Understanding the 2022 Midterm Elections
The latest: The midterm elections are likely to shift the political landscape and impact what President Biden can accomplish during the remainder of his first term. Follow our live coverage.
When are the midterm elections? The general election is Nov. 8. Answer a few questions and we will curate a personalized list of stories, explainers and graphics to get you ready to vote. Build your tool kit here.
Why are the midterms important? The midterm elections determine control of Congress: The party that has the House or Senate majority gets to organize the chamber and decide what legislation Congress considers. Thirty six governors and thousands of state legislators are also on the ballot. Here’s a complete guide to the midterms.
Which seats are up for election? Every seat in the House and a third of the seats in the 100-member Senate are up for election. Dozens of House members have already announced they will be retiring from Congress instead of seeking reelection.Show More