By Megan Bolling
The midterm elections are just two weeks away, with early voting already underway in many states. In 2022, 35 Class III Senate seats are up for election, the outcome of which will determine the partisan control of the currently evenly split Senate. Despite the Senate currently being split 50–50, the Democrats technically have control over the chamber, as Vice President Kamala Harris provides the tie-breaking vote.
This year 14 Democrat-controlled seats and 21 Republican-controlled seats are up for election. In their biannual rating of federal elections, The Cook Political Report has rated four of this year’s Senate Elections as toss-up races; Nevada, Georgia, Wisconsin, and Pennslyvania. The Democrats look to defend their seats in Nevada and Georgia and possibly pick up the open seat in Pennslyvania and flip a seat in Wisconsin.
Other competitive races that currently are seemingly in one party’s favor are Ohio and North Carolina, which are leaning towards the Republicans, and leaning in the Democrat’s favor; New Hampshire, Arizona, and Colorado.
The Democrats are likely to lose the House this fall, so holding on to the Senate is crucial if the party wants to see any of Biden’s agenda passed without major concessions in the final two years of his term.