Today, Democrats control a razor-thin majority, holding fifty seats out of 100, with the tie being broken by Vice President Kamala Harris. In a little more than a year, 35 Senate seats will be up for grabs. Of those 35 seats, however, only 9 states are worth giving serious consideration. Out of those 9 states, two in particular, are likely to decide control of the Senate. Those 2 states are Georgia and Pennsylvania.
The most important storyline to watch will be whether Democrats can successfully fend off challenges in Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, and New Hampshire. To win the Senate, Republicans need to expand their ranks by a single seat.
Democrats just need to maintain the status quo though they would prefer to weaken the power of Joe Manchin and win a few seats. Democrats’ chances of victory will expand considerably if they can pick off one of the three seats left open by retiring Republican Senators in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Ohio. Ron Johnson and Marco Rubio are favored to win re-election in Wisconsin and Florida, but their victory is far from secure.
States are categorized into 5 categories. The darker the blue or red on the map the less likely they are to flip.
- Safe: 95%+ Chance of winning
- Likely: 85-95%
- Lean: 75-84.9%
- Tilt: 65%-74.9%
- Tossup: Neither has at least a 65% chance
For this article, I will only focus on 2 of these categories which are Tilt and Tossup. First, let’s look at the Tilt states.There are a total of 7 states that tilt either R or D.
All these states could potentially flip but at the moment at least that appears to be unlikely. The biggest factor is also who will be running against the incumbent. Both Ohio and North Carolina should be more competitive since they are open seats.
- Arizona (Tilt D 66%)
- Florida (Tilt R 86%)
- Nevada (Tilt D 71%)
- New Hampshire (Tilt D 69%)
- North Carolina (Tilt R 67%)
- Ohio (Tilt R 71%)
- Wisconsin (Tilt R 72%)
Georgia -Currently Raphael Warnock (Democratic Party) is the Senator from Georgia. He assumed office on January 20, 2021. His current term ends on January 3, 2023.
Warnock is running for re-election to the U.S. Senate to represent Georgia. He declared candidacy for the Democratic primary in 2022. The reason he is running so soon after his victory only a year ago is that he won a special election for the remainder of Johnny Isakson’s term. The race in 2022 will be for a full term.
“He told me he’s going to, and I think he will,” Trump said on the “Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show” while discussing Walker running for a Georgia Senate seat.
“I had dinner with him a week ago. He’s a great guy. He’s a patriot. He’s a very loyal person,” Trump added.
If he ultimately jumps into the race, Walker would enter the Republican primary as the presumed front-runner given his broad name recognition and likely endorsement from Trump, who remains deeply influential among GOP voters nationwide but especially in Georgia.
Of the announced candidates so far you would have to give the edge to Gary Black since he has already won a statewide race.
- Gary Black, incumbent Agriculture Commissioner of Georgia
- Kelvin King, U.S. Air Force veteran, businessman, and founder of Osprey Management
- Latham Saddler, banking executive, former Trump White House official, and U.S. Navy veteran
- Herschel Walker, former professional football player, co-chair of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition, and CEO of Renaissance Man Food Services
Publicly expressed interest
- Buddy Carter, incumbent U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 1st congressional district (will only run if Walker does not)
- Drew Ferguson, incumbent U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 3rd congressional district
- Kelly Loeffler, former U.S. Senator (2020–2021)
- David Ralston, Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives since 2010
Best Guestimate: Warnock vs. Walker
Pennsylvania – On October 5, 2020, incumbent two-term Republican Senator Pat Toomey announced that he would not run for re-election to a third term and currently plans “to go back to the private sector” at the conclusion of his term.
It is far too early to tell who are the front runners but the Philadelphia Inquirer just published an excellent article with more details if you would like a detailed analysys.
- Kathy Barnette, veteran, political commentator and nominee for Pennsylvania’s 4th congressional district in 2020
- Jeff Bartos, businessman, philanthropist and nominee for Lieutenant Governor in 2018
- Sean Gale, candidate for the Montgomery County Commission in 2019
- Sean Parnell, author, U.S. Army veteran, and nominee for Pennsylvania’s 17th congressional district in 2020
- Carla Sands, former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark (2017–2021)
- Everett Stern, candidate for U.S. Senate in 2016
Publicly expressed interest
- Kenneth Braithwaite, former U.S. Secretary of the Navy (2020–2021), former U.S. Ambassador to Norway (2018–2020), and former advisor to U.S. Senator Arlen Specter
- Ryan Costello, former U.S. representative for Pennsylvania’s 6th congressional district (2015–2019)
- Kiron Skinner, Taube Professor of International Relations and Politics at Carnegie Mellon University and former Director of Policy Planning at the U.S. State Department (2018–2019)
Best Guestimate: Fetterman vs Bartos
I would love to hear your thoughts and especially your predictions in the comments so please take a minute and let us know what you think.
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