Do you want to see the Democrats gain a bigger majority in the Senate in 2022? If so, you’ll want to bookmark this post.
I’ll talk about protecting the House in a future post, but if we are able to hang onto our majority in the House, then expanding the Senate is a must. First of all, having a 50-50 split Senate gives WAY too much power to individual Senators (cough Joe Manchin, cough Kyrsten Sinema). If we could expand our majority by even 2 or 3 seats, we could pass so much more of President Biden’s agenda! We might even be able to nuke the filibuster!
But first, remember this: Until the blue wave midterms of 2018, the Democrats had a HORRIBLE habit of not showing up to vote in off-cycle years. Even though we have control of Congress right now, we have the barest of majorities and if we let our guard down even a little bit, the Republicans will get right back into control. If that happens, President Biden won’t be able to get anything done past his first two years. Let’s make sure that doesn’t happen.
This cycle, 14 Democratic seats and 20 Republican seats will be up for re-election in the Senate. As per usual, though, only a small number of them are considered to be competitive. I’ve listed the competitive seats first and then noted the other seats up for re-election at the end.
It’ll be a while yet before we know who the final candidates will be for each of these races, but as these races take shape, I’ll continue to update you. So if you aren’t already a Political Charge subscriber, today would be a good day to sign up!
Competitive GOP Seats
Florida – Marco Rubio
–> Read THIS if you want to flip Florida!
North Carolina – Richard Burr (retiring)
Ohio – Rob Portman (retiring)
Pennsylvania – Pat Toomey (retiring)
–> Read THIS if you want to flip Pennsylvania!
Wisconsin – Ron Johnson
–> Read THIS if you want to flip Wisconsin!
SPECIAL NOTE: Donate now to the eventual Democratic nominee for each of these races through this ActBlue link. You can donate to one, or some, or all of these competitive seats by customizing the amounts.
Competitive Democratic Seats
“Safe” Red Seats
Alabama – Richard Shelby (retiring)
Alaska – Lisa Murkowski
Arkansas – John Boozman
Idaho – Mike Crapo
Indiana – Todd Young
Iowa – Chuck Grassley
Kansas – Jerry Moran
Kentucky – Rand Paul
Louisiana – John Kennedy
Missouri – Roy Blunt (retiring)
North Dakota – John Hoeven
Oklahoma – James Lankford
South Carolina – Tim Scott
South Dakota – John Thune
“Safe” Blue Seats
California – Alex Padilla
Colorado – Michael Bennet
Connecticut – Richard Blumenthal
Hawaii – Brian Schatz
Illinois – Tammy Duckworth
Maryland – Chris Van Hollen
New York – Chuck Schumer
Oregon – Ron Wyden
Vermont – Patrick Leahy (retiring)
Washington – Patty Murray
As we all know, the level of competitiveness of various races can change as we get closer to the midterms. If any of the “safe” seats becomes more competitive, I’ll move them into the appropriate heading.
As for donating, my personal approach is to focus my funds on the most competitive races, so I’ve included those ActBlue links for you. But, if you are interested in supporting the re-elections of any of the Democrats, or want to support a Democratic candidate running against a Republican in a “safe” seat, all power to you. If you have trouble finding their donation link, let me know and I’ll find it for you.
And finally, I’d be grateful if you would share this post on your social media accounts to spread the word!