The 2022 midterm elections are due to take place on Tuesday, November 8.
All 435 seats in the US House of Representatives will be eligible for re-election, as well as 34 of the 100 seats in the US Senate.
In the states and territories, 39 gubernatorial races will be decided, in addition to a number of state and local elections.
The elections will decide the composition of the 118th Congress and it is the first time voters have voted after a redistricting based on the 2020 census.
A number of Democratic campaigns have reportedly tried to boost far-right candidates in the GOP primaries because they believe it will make it easier to win in November in states where many voters call center home, such as The New York Times noted in June.
Former President Donald Trump has had enough success with his endorsements in the Republican primaries, with most of his chosen candidates winning their nominations.
But like The temperature noted in August that many of the more than 200 candidates Mr. Trump has endorsed have campaigned without a serious opponent or any opposition.
On the Democratic side of the aisle, more moderate candidates have won several high-profile races, but progressives remain optimistic about their chances of swinging the party to the left, The Guardian reported in August.
Some of the major midterm issues include abortion, the economy, guns, Russia’s war in Ukraine, student loan forgiveness and President Joe Biden’s job performance.
Following the reversal of Roe vs. Wade on June 24 by the United States Supreme Court, Democrats campaigned in support of women’s reproductive rights while Republicans attempted to ignore the issue, as noted Policybelieving it could be a losing issue at the polls.
A number of recent mass shootings have made gun control more important to Democrats, prompting the passage of the first major gun legislation in decades.
As Republicans campaigned on the economy, high gas prices and inflation, a stabilizing economic landscape made a Republican rout less likely, according to The Washington Post.
Bipartisan researchers Joel Benenson and Neil Newhouse wrote that the 2022 midterm elections “will depend on which party is able to show that it is taking meaningful steps to stabilize the economy, reduce inflation costs (housing, gas and food), reduce armed violence and protect a woman’s right to choose”.
While Republicans have been buoyed by Mr. Biden’s low approval ratings, the president’s outlook has brightened in recent months after multiple legislative victories.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has increased support for Mr Biden, with former President Donald Trump seen by many as too sympathetic to Vladimir Putin and Russia.
Both parties are trying to capitalize on Mr. Biden’s new student loan forgiveness policy, as the GOP seeks to build support among blue-collar workers and Democrats in hopes of bringing young voters to the polls.
According FiveThirtyEightDemocrats are slightly favored to win the Senate, winning 64 out of 100 mock elections while Republicans win 36 out of 100 mock elections.
The GOP is favorite to win the House, winning 71 simulations to the Democrats’ 29.
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