The 2022 midterm elections begin with the Texas primaries on March 1, 2022. Additional high-level primaries will be held throughout the summer in the Governor and Senate elections in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Arizona, North Carolina, and beyond. The contests will kick off on Election Day on November 8, when control of the US House and Senate will be contested as well as several high-profile gubernatorial elections in key battleground states.
The ten states in particular will play an important role in determining the balance of the US House and Senate and shaping the map for governorship going forward.
- Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, and Pennsylvania are home to the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives, and Governors.
- Kansas has targeted the House and Governor races.
- New Hampshire, Ohio and Wisconsin are targeting Senate and Governor elections, respectively.
- In North Carolina, there will be open seat elections for the Senate as well as targeted House elections.
McGuireWoods Consulting closely monitors the results of the primary elections in these 10 states and will capture the significance of those results as elections unfold on our website and social media channels.
Ohio Midterm Results Update
Last week’s results in Ohio provide an interesting window into the minds of voters heading into midterm elections. The most prominent and profiled race was the Republican primaries for the U.S. Senate in which former writer and venture capitalist JD Vance was elected the Republican nominee. Vance won scores of voters with strongholds in rural and suburban parts of the state. In particular, he received support from former President Donald Trump and was supported by a large external effort financed by Peter Thiel. Both Trump and Theil’s financial backing are factors to watch for in the Republican primaries. Governor Mike DeWine withstood an inter-party challenge from his far right.
The Democratic side sees a win for the party’s formation wing as populist candidate for Congressional Tim Ryan easily wins the Senate Democratic primaries. He won every county in Ohio and withstood challenges from the more progressive wing. In the gubernatorial election, former Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley received the nod from the Ohio Democrats, dominating his opponent in every area of the state except the Cincinnati suburbs and counties around Toledo. Also of note is Congressman Shontel Brown’s victory over former chairman of Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign Nina Turner. Established Democrats flooded the zone to support the incumbent congressman and ensure that Rep. Brown will have the resources to win.
The results suggest an election in Ohio that will be highly contested and center around the populist rhetoric and policies of the Trump and Biden Administration.