U.S. Senate Races,
updated May 9, 2022
35 seats at stake*: 14 held by Democrats, 21 by Republicans.
(D: Leahy-VT; R: Shelby-AL, Blunt-MO, Burr-NC, Portman-OH, Toomey-PA; Inhofe-OK)
*Includes a special election in Oklahoma, where Sen. James Inhofe (R) announced on Feb. 28 that he will retire effective Jan. 3, 2023 (>).
See also: DSCC | NRSC || Cook Political Report | Sabato's Crystal Ball || politics1.com || NCSL Primary Dates
Democrats have the narrowest of majorities in the Senate with Vice President Kamala Harris holding the tie-breaking vote. They have been able to accomplish some of their objectives, such as passing the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill signed by President Joe Biden on Nov. 15, 2021. However other ambitious plans have been stymied, most notably the wide-ranging Build Back Better proposals, in part because of opposition from within their own caucus from moderate Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Krysten Sinema (D-AZ). On the Republican side, former President Donald Trump has made more than a dozen endorsements in Senate races as he seeks to continue his hold on the party (1, 2). Conventional wisdom for 2022 is that Republicans will almost certainly win the majority in the House and likely reclaim the majority in the Senate as well. Republicans are defending five open seats in 2022 compared to just one for the Democrats. Ultimately, the outcome on Nov. 8 will depend on the quality of the challengers who emerge from the primaries.
17-NC* on hold
...and LA on Nov. 8.
||DEMOCRATIC incumbents (14)
||Chris Van Hollen|
||Pat Leahy ... announced Nov. 15, 2021 will not seek re-election (>)|
||REPUBLICAN incumbents (21)|
||Richard Shelby ... announced Feb. 8, 2021 will not seek re-election after 6 terms (>)|
||Roy Blunt ... announced Mar. 8, 2021
will not seek re-election (1,
|Richard Burr ... announced July 2016 will not seek re-election|
||Rob Portman ... announced Jan. 25,
2021 will not seek re-election (>)
||Jim Inhofe ...announced on Feb. 28, 2022 that he will retire effective Jan. 3, 2023 (>)|
||Pat Toomey ... announced Oct. 5, 2020 will not seek re-election (>)|