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.
The big picture
Biden’s approval ratings, worries about inflation and pure exhaustion have Democrats bracing for potential losses
Balance of the chamber could come down to four states where Democrats are up for reelection
Republicans are hoping to add to their success of 2020, and history indicates they will
Elections will chart future policy direction in states and set up 2024 campaign dynamics
Rising cost of living, unsafe streets and pending Supreme Court ruling on abortion are among items voters will consider
‘Up for grabs’: These four groups will prove critical to midterm results
Capturing the general election in November starts by not messing up nomination process now
A referendum on Biden?
Republicans appear poised at least to capture the House. Democrats look to hold down their losses.
The Trump factor
Former president’s influence could be a boost or detriment to the GOP cause