Protect the Democratic Senate majority
Preserving Democrats’ congressional majorities is Swing Left’s top strategic priority in 2022. To do so, we are supporting Democratic candidates in five target Senate races in 2022—the reelection campaigns of Senators Mark Kelly in Arizona and Raphael Warnock in Georgia, and the eventual Democratic nominees in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
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Democratic defense races:
Sen. Mark Kelly won this seat in 2020’s special election by just 2.4%, becoming the first Democrat to hold this seat since 1969. While Arizona has shifted towards Democrats in recent years, Sen. Kelly faces a difficult path to reelection. Arizona and Georgia are the two reddest states currently represented by Democrats up for reelection in 2022. Particularly in an election cycle with a Democrat in the White House, Sen. Kelly faces one of the country’s most competitive races for reelection.
Support Sen. Kelly
Sen. Rev. Raphael Warnock helped deliver the Senate majority for Democrats in the 2021 runoff election, winning this seat by just 2.0%. Georgia promises to once again be the center of the political universe in 2022 with marquee races for Senate and governor, and keeping Sen. Warnock in office is essential to Democrats’ success in 2022.
Support Sen. Warnock
Flippable GOP races:
While Democrats fell just short in North Carolina in 2020, the retirement of Sen. Richard Burr (R), sets up another great opportunity for Democrats to pick up a seat in North Carolina. Since President Obama’s election in 2008, Democrats have long been close, but have never quite broken through. In the last three elections, the average presidential and Senate races have been decided by an average of just 2.3% and 3.0%. With an open seat and a talented, deep bench of Democratic candidates vying for the nomination, 2022 can be the year Democrats finally flip North Carolina blue again.
The Keystone State helped deliver Joe Biden the presidency, and this year it has the opportunity to deliver an expanded Senate majority to Democrats. As in North Carolina, incumbent Senator Pat Toomey (R) is not seeking reelection, presenting another great opportunity for Democrats. Pennsylvania has been the ultimate swing state in recent years, swinging from Democrats to Republicans in successive elections from 2012 to 2016 to 2020. In 2022, Democrats have an opportunity to continue their current run of statewide success by flipping the state’s second Senate seat.
Republican Senator Ron Johnson is the only Republican incumbent running for Senate in a state that voted for Democrats in 2020. This makes him uniquely vulnerable, even in an election year with a Democrat in the White House. One of former President Trump’s most loyal allies in the Senate, Johnson has grown into one of the most extremist right-wing senators in office over the last five years. The stakes will again be high in Wisconsin, the “tipping point” state in the 2020 presidential election, as the state will also host a marquee gubernatorial race.
Races to watch
We will be monitoring a group of races to see how the circumstances on the ground develop and may add to our target list throughout the cycle. While Senate races have recently tracked the state’s presidential voting history quite closely, notable candidates in certain states still have the ability to upend a race. Currently, we are closely watching: Florida (R), Nevada (D), New Hampshire (D), and Ohio (R-open seat). We will continue to evaluate potential additions to our lists of targets and races to watch on a quarterly basis.
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As we move past the Trump presidency and look ahead to 2022 and beyond, we must move from resistance to persistence—with an all-hands-on-deck effort to protect our Democratic majorities and deliver a wave of GOP defeats at the ballot box. We need you on our team.