Today, the United States Senate is split between 50 Republicans and 50 Democrats. However, because Vice President Kamala Harris stands as the Senate’s president and holds the power to break ties, Democrats technically control the upper chamber.
While polls show Republicans as heavily expected to take back the House of Representatives, the Senate is a little bit of a different story. Across America, candidates on both sides of the aisle are campaigning to win and ultimately expand power for their respective parties.
Yet, in the case of the Senate, there are six vital states that will determine whether the chamber stays blue or flips red after November.
The States that Matter Most
In Arizona, Nevada, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and New Hampshire, these Senate races will either help Republicans take back the majority or ensure that Democrats keep it.
On August 2, a Republican will be chosen to run against Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ).
At the same time, in Nevada, Sen. Catherine Cortez Mastro (D-NV) is facing a challenge from the GOP’s Adam Laxalt. Georgia has Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) running to keep Republican Herschel Walker from taking his seat.
Republican challenger Mehmet Oz, meanwhile, is taking the fight to Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman. Wisconsin’s primary election takes place on August 9, in which Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) will learn which Democrat he’ll be facing.
Consumer confidence is at an all-time low. Americans can’t afford the necessities. This is Joe Biden’s America.
— Senate Republicans (@SenateGOP) June 27, 2022
Finally, in New Hampshire, the state’s September 13 primary will reveal which Republican faces Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH).
In each of the above states, Joe Biden’s approval rating is dismal and below 50%. This is a factor that political strategists warn can work against Democratic candidates during these election cycles.
Republicans are making the case that with crime, inflation, gas prices, and interest rates rising, Democrats are unfit to keep control of Congress. GOP congressional leaders have also promised to stand up against Biden’s agenda, should their party win back the majority.
Limited Fuel in the Democrat Party’s Tank
As November gets closer, Democrats are ramping up talks about the supposed dangers Republicans will pose to “democracy” if they take back Congress.
Since the overturn of Roe v. Wade, Democrats are also using this development as a talking point to mobilize their base and win votes.
Before Biden came into office, we were looking at gas prices just above $2 a gallon. We were energy-independent. We were actually at a point where we were exporting energy from America.
This energy crisis is entirely self-inflicted by the Biden Administration.
— Senator Bill Hagerty (@SenatorHagerty) June 25, 2022
Republicans, meanwhile, remain confident in their ability to win over the American public and send Democrats back into the congressional minority.