Texas Primary Live: Election Updates
The gauntlet of midterm elections, with bitter and costly primaries that will determine control of Congress and governors’ offices, began Tuesday in Texas.
Compared to the frequency of presidential primaries, the midterm calendar is much more spread out. It spans over six months, with the next batch of contests scheduled for May, including the key states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Georgia.
Some states don’t hold their primaries until September, including New Hampshire, which features a hotly contested Senate race.
All but once in the past decade, Texas has held its primaries in early March, including during presidential election years. This year’s primary date, Tuesday, was tied to a redistricting plan that was approved by the Legislative Assembly last year.
Here are some other dates:
May 3: Ohio
A swing state that was carried twice by former President Donald J. Trump, Ohio features a packed GOP primary in the Senate for the seat of retiring Republican Sen. Rob Portman.
May 17: Pennsylvania and North Carolina
In Pennsylvania, the race for an open Senate seat is poised to play a key role in determining whether Democrats maintain control of the chamber. The GOP field is headlined by famous physician Dr. Mehmet Oz.
In North Carolina, the impending retirement of Senator Richard Burr, a Republican, has created a frenzy of candidates.
May 24: Georgia
Georgia, which helped Democrats flip the Senate in 2021 and won Joseph R. Biden Jr. in 2020, offers marquee contests for governor and Senate. Stacey Abrams, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate, is back. And the race of the Secretary of State is also noteworthy.
June 14: Nevada
The last time Catherine Cortez Masto, the first Latina senator, was on the ballot, outside groups flooded Nevada with more than $90 million. Now she is eligible for re-election.
Adam Laxalt, a former Nevada attorney general who unsuccessfully ran for governor in 2018, must pass the GOP primary to challenge her.
August 2: Arizona and Michigan
Arizona has emerged as one of the top prizes this year, with an open seat for governor and a hard-fought Senate race. The Senate seat is held by Mark Kelly, a Democrat who won a special election in 2020 to fill the seat once held by John McCain.
In Michigan, Governor Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat and at the center of conservative anger over pandemic restrictions, is running for re-election. In addition to selecting a gubernatorial candidate, Republicans have grappled with internal tensions and the influence of Mr. Trump, who has made a series of endorsements in the home races.
Both states also have an outstanding state racing secretary.
August 9: Wisconsin
Wisconsin has potential for both parties, with contests for governor and Senate attracting a wide range of candidates.
One of the Democrats’ top targets is Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican whose approval ratings have plummeted amid a slew of TV ads criticizing him for casting doubt on Mr Biden’s election. . Republicans are focused on taking the seat from Governor Tony Evers, a Democrat.
September 13: New Hampshire
The winner of the GOP primary for the Senate will have less than two months to mount an electoral campaign against Senator Maggie Hassan, a Democrat, considered vulnerable.