Friday, October 7, 2022
The 2022 United States elections will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. During this midterm election year, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 seats in the Senate will be contested.
In June 2022, The New York Times reported that Democratic campaign arms were aiding far-right candidates in Republican primaries, believing they would be easier opponents in the general election. Republican primary candidates who had been endorsed by former Republican president Donald Trump tended to win. For some of the winners, his support was crucial.
After the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization that overturned Roe v. Wade in June, Democrats outperformed Biden's 2020 results in several House special elections. The ruling has made abortion more important for voters. Women who left the Democratic Party after the 2020 election are returning. At least six states have an abortion-related ballot initiative, the most ever in a single year.
Thirty-five of the 100 seats in the Senate will be up for election, including all 34 Class 3 seats. A special election is being held to fill a vacancy from another Senate class. As senators serve six-year terms, the last regularly scheduled elections for Class 3 senators were held in 2016. The winners of the United States Senate elections will be sworn in on January 3, 2023, for the 118th Congress.