by Ballotpedia, originally published 27-September-2022
Ballotpedia has compiled a list of 15 elections they are watching on November 8, 2022, including races for the U.S. Senate, U.S. House, governors, other state executives, state supreme court judgeships, state legislatures, and mayor.
These elections were selected by members of Ballotpedia’s editorial department based on past election results, unique election-specific circumstances, and race ratings published by election forecasters.
The final selections were made with the goal of including a mix of federal, state, and local races in mind.
The top 15 elections are grouped by race type and ordered alphabetically.
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U.S. Senate – AZ | GA | PA | WI
34 of the 100 seats in the U.S. Senate are up for regular election. Those elected to the U.S. Senate in the 34 regular elections in 2022 will begin their 6-year terms on Jan 3, 2023.
Two special elections are also scheduled for Nov 8, 2022.
One special election will be held to fill the final 4 years of Sen. Jim Inhofe’s (R-OK) 6-year term that began in 2021.
Inhofe announced his resignation effective Jan 3, 2023.
The other special election will be held to fill the final weeks of the 6-year term that Kamala Harris (D-CA) was elected to in 2016.
That U.S. Senate seat is also up for regular election in 2022, for a total of 35 individual seats up.
Fourteen seats held by Democrats and 21 seats held by Republicans are up for election in 2022.
Gubernatorial races – AZ | KS | NV | OR
There are 36 gubernatorial seats on the ballot in 2022.
The governor is the political and ceremonial head of each state and he or she may also assume additional roles, such as the commander-in-chief of the National Guard when the role is not federalized.
The governor may also have the ability to commute or pardon a criminal sentence.
These elections are taking place in the context of the 2020 census and reapportionment, the lead-up to the 2024 presidential election, and the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
Heading into the 2022 elections, 28 states had Republican governors and 22 states had Democratic governors.
Of the offices up for election in 2022, 20 were held by Republicans and 16 were held by Democrats.
U.S. House – CO-8 | NH-1
The seats of all 435 representatives to the U.S. House will be up for election.
As a result of the 2020 elections, Democrats maintained a majority in the U.S. House, winning 222 seats to Republicans 213. As of Sep 2022, Democrats hold a 221-212 advantage in the U.S. House with 2 vacancies.
Republicans need to gain a net of 5 districts to win a majority in the chamber.
The 2022 election will be the first to take place following apportionment and redistricting after the 2020 census.
As a result of apportionment, 6 states (TX, CO, FL, MT, NC, and OR) gained seats, and 7 states (CA, IL, MI, NY, OH, PA, and WV) lost seats.
State legislatures – AZ House | CO Senate
Eighty-eight of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold regularly-scheduled elections.
Elections in those 88 chambers represent 6,278 of the country’s 7,383 state legislative seats (85%).
Heading into the 2022 elections, Republicans controlled 54% of all state legislative seats nationally, while Democrats held 44%. Republicans held a majority in 62 chambers, and Democrats held the majority in 36 chambers.
One chamber—the Alaska House—was organized under a multipartisan, power-sharing coalition.
Municipal elections – LA Mayor
Ballotpedia is covering 34 mayoral elections in 2022.
This includes all mayoral elections in America’s 100 largest cities by population and in each state capital. Heading into 2022, the mayors of 62 of the country’s 100 largest cities were affiliated with the Democratic Party, 26 were Republicans, 4 were independents, 7 mayors were nonpartisan, and 1 mayor’s partisan affiliation was unknown.
Thirty-eight state capitals had a Democratic mayor, 5 had a Republican mayor, 1 mayor was independent, 2 were nonpartisan, and 4 mayors’ partisan affiliations were unknown.
State supreme court elections – OH
Thirty states are holding state supreme court elections in 2022. In total, 84 of the 344 seats on state supreme courts are up for election.
Of these seats, 64 are held by nonpartisan justices, 12 are held by Republican justices, and 8 are held by Democratic justices.
Other state executive elections – AZ SoS
State executive offices up for election in 2022 include 30 lieutenant gubernatorial seats, 30 attorney general seats, and 27 secretary of state seats.
Including down-ballot races, 307 state executive seats are up for election across 44 states in 2022.
State executives act in many capacities according to the powers granted to them by their state’s constitution.
They are also charged with implementing and enforcing laws made by state legislatures.
There are 748 executive seats spread across 13 distinct types of offices in the United States.
The Secretary of State is a state-level position in 47 of the 50 states that often serves as the chief election official in their state, administering state elections and maintaining official election results.
This is 1 of 27 elections—14 Republican-held and 13 Democratic-held—for secretaries of state taking place in 2022.
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