U.S. Senate Races, 2022 Overview                                                       

                                                    updated  May 9, 2022  

Current Balance:  50 Republicans, 48 Democrats and 2 Independents.   (I: Sanders-VT and King-ME)
35 seats at stake*:  14 held by Democrats, 21 by Republicans.
7 retirements*:  1 Democrat, 6 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                  
2022
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.
U.S. Senate Primary Dates

May

June

July

Aug.

Sept.


3-IN
3-OH

17-ID
17-KY
17-NC* on hold
17-OR
17-PA

24-AL
24-AR
24-GA

7-CA
7-IA
7-SD

14-NV
14-ND
14-SC

28-CO
28-IL
28-MD*
28-NY
28-OK
28-UT

19-MD

2-AZ
2-KS
2-MO
2-WA
2-WI

9-CT
9-VT

13-HI

16-AK

23-FL

13-NH

On Mar. 15, 2022, the Maryland Court of Appeals issued an order moving the primary date from June 28 to July 19.
...and LA on Nov. 8.



Primary
DEMOCRATIC incumbents (14)
REPUBLICAN challenger
THIRD PARTY/INDEP.
AZ
Aug. 2
Mark Kelly


CA
June 7
Alex Padilla

CO
June 28
Michael Bennet


CT
Aug. 9
Richard Blumenthal


GA
May 24
Raphael Warnock


HI
Aug. 13
Brian Schatz


IL
June 28
Tammy Duckworth

MD
July 19
Chris Van Hollen

NV
June 14
Catherine Cortez Masto


NH
Sept. 13
Maggie Hassan

NY
June 28
Chuck Schumer


OR
May 17
Ron Wyden


VT
Aug. 9
Pat Leahy   ...[1974] announced Nov. 15, 2021 will not seek re-election (>)

WA
Aug. 2
Patty Murray




Primary
DEMOCRATIC
REPUBLICAN incumbents (21)
AL
May 24

Richard Shelby  ...[1986] announced Feb. 8, 2021 will not seek re-election after 6 terms (>)
AK
Aug. 16

Lisa Murkowski

AR
May 24

John Boozman

FL
Aug. 23

Marco Rubio  
ID
May 17

Mike Crapo

IN
May 3

Todd Young

IA
June 7

Chuck Grassley

KS
Aug. 2

Jerry Moran

KY
May 17

Rand Paul

LA
Nov. 8

John Kennedy
...general Dec. 10
MO
Aug. 2

Roy Blunt  ...[2010] announced Mar. 8, 2021 will not seek re-election (1, 2)

NC
May 17*
on hold

Richard Burr ...[2004] announced July 2016 will not seek re-election
ND
June 14

John Hoeven

OH
May 3

Rob Portman ...[2010] announced Jan. 25, 2021 will not seek re-election (>)

OK
June 28

James Lankford

OK
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June 28

Jim Inhofe  ...announced on Feb. 28, 2022 that he will retire effective Jan. 3, 2023 (>)
PA
May 17

Pat Toomey  ...[2010] announced Oct. 5, 2020 will not seek re-election (>)
SC
June 14

Tim Scott

SD
June 7

John Thune

UT
June 28

Mike Lee

WI
Aug. 9

Ron Johnson



Pre-Primary: Incumbents and Retirements


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