U.S. Senate Races,
2022 Overview and Links
updated Sept. 29, 2022
35 seats at stake*: 14 held by Democrats, 21 by Republicans.
7 retirements*: 1 Democrat, 6 Republicans.
*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. Despite Republican opposition to most of their major initiatives and tension within their own caucus from moderate Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Krysten Sinema (D-AZ), they have been able to accomplish some of their objectives, from the bipartisan infrastructure bill signed by President Joe Biden on Nov. 15, 2021 to the Inflation Reduction Act. On the Republican side, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is working to reclaim a majority. Former President Donald Trump, a McConnell critic, made quite a few endorsements in Senate races as he sought 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 depends on the quality of the challengers who emerged from the primaries.
...and LA on Nov. 8.