Commentary: An Overview of the 2022 Election Cycle

"VOTE ONE MORE TIME" sign on an electric pole in Atlanta, Georgia
by Todd Carney


It is now less than a year to the 2022 elections, with this, more stories about the midterms are developing. Below are the latest updates.


In California, Progressive San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin will face a recall. Conservatives have tapped into anger over his decisions not to prosecute certain cases. Meanwhile, CA Governor Gavin Newsom is facing controversy over his lack of public appearances.

In Wisconsin, Republicans are continuing their 2020 election audit, even amidst criticism that the audit is too partisan and unruly. Republican Senator Ron Johnson is set to decide in the next few weeks over whether he will seek re-election

In New Jersey, Powerful Democratic State Senate President Stephen Sweeney has conceded in his race for re-election. Sweeney’s race caused national headlines because it was so shocking.

In the District of Columbia, incumbent Democrat Mayor Muriel Bowser has announced she will run for a third term. She will face several Democrat opponents.

In New Hampshire, Republican Governor Chris Sununu made national headlines last week when he declined to run for the US Senate, despite aggressive courting from national Republicans.

In Texas, election analysts are predicting Republicans will dominate the 2022 election cycle in the state. Pro-Trump firebrand US Congressman Louie Gohmert is considering primary challenging Trump-endorsed Attorney General Ken Paxton.

In Iowa, freshman Republican Congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks is running in a new district after redistricting changed which district her home is located in.

In Connecticut, Democrat Governor Ned Lamont announced he is running for re-election.

In Florida, Republican Governor Ron DeSantis formally declared that he will run for re-election. Meanwhile, national Democrats may not spend any money opposing DeSantis. Four maps have been proposed for Congressional redistricting.

In Georgia, Atlanta will hold its run-off for Mayor on November 30.

In Michigan, a study took aim at the changes from state Republicans’ proposed changes in their ballot initiative on voting laws.

In Washington, Democrat Governor Jay Inslee appointed Democrat State Senator Steve Hobbs as the new Secretary of State. Republican Congresswoman Jaime Herrera-Beutler has proposed a law to ban foreign contributions to elections, after the Federal Election Commission ruled foreign entities could contribute to races concerning ballot initiatives.

In Colorado, Democrat Governor Jared Polis is facing criticism after his tax records showed he did not pay any federal income taxes for three years. Meanwhile, Republican Congresswoman Lauren Boebert’s main Democratic opponent dropped out after redistricting made Boebert’s district less competitive.

In Arkansas, Republican Attorney General Leslie Rutledge dropped out of the gubernatorial primary race against former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Now Huckabee Sanders is unopposed for the Republican nomination.

In Idaho, Trump endorsed the Republican Lieutenant Governor, who is primary challenging the incumbent Republican Governor.

In North Carolina, Republicans have released a new redistricting map, and it puts Freshman Republican Congressman Madison Cawthorn in a more liberal area, so Cawthorn is running in a new district.


The New York Times has a piece reviewing why Democrats are struggling with working class voters.

The New Jersey gubernatorial election has shown that Ultra-Orthodox Jews might not be such a monolithic voting block that is dependent on who their community leaders endorse.

The US Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against Texas’s latest voting law.

A group of celebrities starred in an ad endorsing the Democrats’ latest voting rights bill. More celebrities are considering running for office, such as “Dr. Oz” and Howard Stern.

Prince Harry is claiming that he warned Twitter about the potential for violence on January 6.


Some critics are calling out businesses who said they supported the voting rights bill, yet donated to Republicans who opposed it.

In the local elections in Seattle, corporations spent a lot of money to oppose Progressive candidates.

Politico had an article about how corporations are starting to financially support Republicans again, and Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy responded by threatening that Republicans would not let up on going after corporations just because they donate to Republicans.

The Left-leaning Campaign Legal Center is launching a lawsuit that accuses the NRA of illegally funneling money to campaigns.

Billionaire Miriam Adelson is getting back involved in donating to Conservative causes.

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Todd Carney is a writer based in Washington, DC. The views in this piece are his alone and do not reflect the views of his employer.








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