Understanding the 2022 midterm elections
November’s midterm elections will probably change the political landscape and influence what President Biden can achieve during the remainder of his first term in office. Here’s what you need to know.
When are the midterm elections? The general election is on November 8, but the primaries have already started. Here is a full calendar of all primary elections in 2022.
Today’s primaries: California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota. Follow along for live updates.
Why are the midterms important? The midterm elections determine control of Congress: The party that has the majority in the House or Senate gets to organize the chamber and decide what legislation Congress considers. Thirty-six governors and thousands of state legislators are also on the ballot. Here is a complete guide to the midterm exams.
What seats are there for the elections? Every seat in the House and one-third of the seats in the 100-member Senate are up for election. Dozens of members of the House have already announced that they will withdraw from Congress rather than seek reelection.
What is reclassification? Redistricting is the process of drawing up legislative maps of Congress and the state to ensure that everyone’s vote counts equally. By April 25, 46 of the 50 states had settled on the borders of 395 of the 435 US House districts.
Which primaries are the most competitive? Here are the most interesting Democratic and Republican primaries to watch as Republicans and Democrats try to nominate their most eligible candidates.