US Senate forecast: April 2022
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This is the first in what will hopefully be a recurring series on the 2022 United States Senate elections.
the two most interesting races in the country are in Utah and Nevada.
in Utah, there is a somewhat non-partisan race between Mike Lee and Evan McMullin. the Newslettr does not have any insights here; we plan to sit back and watch.
in Nevada, Catherine Cortez-Masto would be likely to lose to a generic Republican. However, Adam Laxalt is not a generic Republican. the Newslettr may do a write-up on this race later this year.
the race most likely to be surprising is that in Washington. Patty Murray could lose to either a Democrat, a Republican, or an independent candidate.
the Newslettr has one challenge: we would like to see a last-minute entry into the race against Richard Blumenthal in Connecticut.
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(no race: Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Delaware)
New Hampshire: Maggie Hassan faces a yet-to-be-determined Republican. This race will be competitive.
Vermont: It is nearly certain that Peter Welch will win election to the open seat.
Connecticut: Richard Blumenthal (the incumbent Democrat) is favored to win re-election, but with a strong candidate that could change.
New York: It is nearly certain that Chuck Schumer will win re-election.
Pennsylvania: with two competitive primaries, there is no forecast.
Maryland: It is nearly certain that Chris Van Hollen will win re-election.
(no race: Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi)
North Carolina: with two competitive primaries, there is no forecast.
South Carolina: It is nearly certain that Tim Scott will win re-election.
Georgia: Raphael Warnock faces a yet-to-be-determined Republican. This race will be competitive.
Florida: It is nearly certain that Marco Rubio will win re-election.
Alabama: While both parties have competitive primaries, it is nearly certain that the winner of the Republican primary will win election to the open seat.
Kentucky: It is nearly certain that Rand Paul will win re-election.
Arkansas: It is nearly certain that John Boozman will win re-election.
Louisiana: It is quite likely that John Kennedy will win re-election. (note: due to the long-standing use of the “top 2” or “jungle” primary, Louisiana elections are more volatile than those in other states.)
Oklahoma: It is nearly certain that James Lankford will win re-election.
Oklahoma (special): with two competitive primaries, there is no forecast.
(no race: Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska)
Ohio: Sherrod Brown faces a yet-to-be-determined Republican. This race will be competitive.
Indiana: It is nearly certain that Todd Young will win re-election.
Illinois: It is nearly certain that Tammy Duckworth will win re-election.
Iowa: It is most likely that Charles Grassley will win re-election.
Wisconsin: Ron Johnson faces a yet-to-be-determined Democrat. This race will be competitive.
South Dakota: It is nearly certain that John Thune will win re-election.
North Dakota: It is nearly certain that John Hoeven will win re-election.
Kansas: It is nearly certain that Jerry Moran will win re-election.
(no race: Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico, Texas)
Colorado: Michael Bennet faces a yet-to-be-determined Republican. This race will be competitive.
Utah: Mike Lee will be facing Evan McMullin. the Newslettr is unable to assess the race at this time.
Idaho: It is nearly certain that Mike Crapo will win re-election.
Washington: Patty Murray is the incumbent. It is unclear what opposition she will be facing.
Oregon: It is nearly certain that Ron Wyden will win re-election.
California: It is nearly certain that Alex Padilla will win re-election.
Nevada: Catherine Cortez-Masto will be facing Adam Laxalt. the Newslettr is unable to assess the race at this time.
Hawaii: It is nearly certain that Brian Schatz will win re-election.
Alaska: Lisa Murkowski is the incumbent. the Newslettr expects she will win. However, the new “top-4 primary” rules are fairly unpredictable.