(ReliableNews.org) – With the controversy surrounding the 2020 general election, all eyes on both sides of the political aisle are on the 2022 midterms. As it stands, the Senate sits with an even 50-50 split between the Democrats and Republicans. Just one seat either way in the upcoming elections would mean that party gains control of the upper chamber of Congress. Although any state can technically turn in either direction, contests in some areas of the country are closer than others.
The Grand Canyon State
Although Arizona is typically Red, President Joe Biden was declared the winner in the 2020 general election, and Senator Mark Kelly (D-AZ) won a partial term on the same ballot, calling the whole state into question for the Senate race in 2022. The senator will be defending his seat to win a full term — with over $13 million in his coffers to help him run the race.
Primary elections in the state will take place on August 2, 2022, when voters will decide who will run officially. Expectations are that Kelly will fill the Democratic side, while it’s less clear who will be on the ballot for the Republicans. Among those running on the Right include Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, Jim Lamon, Blake Masters and former Arizona state representative, Justin Olson. With all the questions about the integrity of the 2020 election, the race should be exciting to watch.
The Peach State
Georgia also flipped its support in the 2020 general election and helped secure the win for Biden, followed by victories for Senators Jon Ossoff (D-GA) and Raphael Warnock (D-GA). However, the state’s leadership remained Republican, with Governor Brian Kemp (R-GA) at the helm.
In November 2022, Warnock’s seat is up for grabs, and it looks he intends to hold his position. However, he has some strong competition on the Republican side. Although the Georgia primaries won’t occur until May 24, 2022, former NFL star Herschel Walker appears to be the frontrunner among those on the Right challenging the incumbent.
Other Republican candidates running include Agriculture Commissioner of Georgia Gary Black, US Airforce vet Kelvin King, and Navy Seal Veteran Latham Saddler. Recent polls show Walker pulling way ahead of the pack with an average of 68% of the vote for the primaries.
In the battle against Warnock, polls so far this year have Warnock and Walker nearly neck and neck, with the current Senator ahead by only a slight 2% margin. With such a small lead, the result in November will be anyone’s guess.
The Granite State
New Hampshire should also have an exciting 2022 political race for the Senate with an early edge going to the GOP. According to a recent Granite State Poll, Senator Maggie Hassan’s (D-NH) biggest competitor might be Governor Chris Sununu (R-NH). Although the governor has yet to announce his run for the Senate, the poll has him beating the senator by three points, making it possibly one of the closest races to watch in the midterms.
Any upset in the 2022 elections could give either party a stronger majority in the upper chamber, making the contenders’ campaigns extremely important. As for the winners, it will be the voters who make the final call.
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