These Are Key Races to Watch In Every State Primary This Election Season

The 2022 midterm election season kicks off in earnest next week, with Indiana and Ohio holding primaries on May 3 with key House and Senate seats up for grabs. In all, voters in 29 states will go to the polls to choose Democratic and Republican nominees in May and June, the most crowded two-month period of the 2022 midterm elections. Most of the rest will vote in August and September.

Here's an at-a-glance look at who's voting where and when, along with a key race to watch on each date.

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J.D. Vance, Republican Senate candidate for Ohio, won a coveted endorsement from Donald Trump less than three weeks before the state's May 3 primary. Gaelen Morse/Bloomberg/Getty


States holding primaries: Indiana, Ohio

Key race to watch: Ohio's GOP Senate race tests the power of an eleventh-hour Trump endorsement (best-selling Hillbilly Elegy author J.D. Vance) in a crowded and contentious field.

MAY 10

States holding primaries: Nebraska, West Virginia

Key race to watch: In West Virginia, two GOP House members face off in a newly-created district: Trump-backed Alex Mooney vs. David B. McKinley, backed by Republican Governor Jim Justice.

MAY 17

States holding primaries: Idaho, Kentucky, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania

Key races to watch: A pair of high profile races for Pennsylvania's open Senate seat: for the GOP, it's celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz vs. former hedge fund executive David McCormack; the Democrats have moderate Representative Conor Lamb vs. progressive Lt. Governor John Fetterman.

MAY 24

States holding primaries: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia

Key race to watch: Trump is out for revenge in Georgia, where he's backed several candidates for state offices in an effort to oust GOP incumbents (including Governor Brian Kemp) who refused to help him undo Biden's 2020 win.


States holding primaries: California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota

Key race to watch: A crowded GOP gubernatorial field in New Mexico includes state legislator Rebecca Dow and former TV weatherman Mark Ronchetti vying for a shot to unseat Democratic incumbent Michelle Lujan Grisham.


States holding primaries: Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina

Key race to watch: South Carolina's Tom Rice, one of the 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump last year, fights to keep his House seat against Trump-endorsed State Representative Russell Fry.

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Representative Tom Rice of South Carolina, one of the 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Donal Trump last year, is fighting to keep his House seat. Sean Rayford/Getty


States holding primaries: Virginia

Key race to watch: Feeling hopeful after GOP Governor Glenn Youngkin's win last year, several Republicans vie for the chance to unseat two Democrats elected to the House in 2018's blue wave, Abigail Spanberger and Elaine Luria.


States holding primaries: Colorado, Illinois, New York, Oklahoma, Utah

Key race to watch: Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul of New York seeks her party's nomination for her first full term after taking over for scandal-ridden Andrew Cuomo last year.


States holding primaries: Maryland

Key race to watch: Making for an intriguing race: Outgoing GOP Governor Larry Hogan is backing a Democrat, former prosecutor Thiru Vignarajah, for State Attorney. He's running against Democratic incumbent Marilyn Mosby, who is under indictment for perjury.


States holding primaries: Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, Washington

Key race to watch: In Michigan and Washington, three of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach the president in 2021 are facing stiff primary challenges from fields that include Trump-backed opponents.


States holding primaries: Tennessee

Key race to watch: The spotlight is on a House race in which the Tennessee GOP recently removed Trump-backed Morgan Ortagus, a former State Department spokesperson, from the ballot. Ortagus, who recently moved to the state, failed to meet the party's requirement of voting in three of the last four statewide primaries.


States holding primaries: Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont, Wisconsin

Key race to watch: In Wisconsin, Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes leads a field of Democrats seeking the chance to run against Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican, in the fall.


States holding primaries: Hawaii

Key race to watch: Lt. Governor Josh Green leads a bevy of Democrats hoping to succeed Governor David Ige, who can't run again due to term limits. In the deeply blue state, whoever wins the Democratic primary is likely to win the office.


States holding primaries: Alaska, Wyoming

Key races to watch: In Wyoming, Representative Liz Cheney, the most visible anti-Trump Republican in Congress, faces Trump-endorsed GOP activist Harriet Hageman. Plus: In Alaska, former Governor Sarah Palin tries for a political comeback in a crowded race for the state's sole House seat.

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Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is trying for a political comeback. Lloyd Bishop/NBCUniversal/Getty


States holding primaries: Florida

Key race to watch: Representative Charlie Crist, a former governor, faces Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried in the Democratic race to square off against incumbent Governor Ron DeSantis, a Republican.


States holding primaries: Massachusetts

Key race to watch: Democrats are looking to pick up the governor's seat in the liberal state after current GOP Governor Charlie Baker, a moderate, declined to run again. Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey is among the hopefuls.


States holding primaries: Delaware, New Hampshire, Rhode Island

Key race to watch: In New Hampshire, Democratic Senator Maggie Hassan, who won narrowly in 2016, is considered vulnerable. The crowded GOP field hoping to replace her includes State Senate president Chuck Morse.

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GOP Senator John Kennedy, running in the last primary of the 2022 midterm election season, is hoping to keep his place in Congress. Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Getty


States holding primaries: Louisiana

Key race to watch: The line-up in the state's open Senate primary features three Democrats challenging GOP incumbent John N. Kennedy. If no one get a majority, the two top vote-getters go to a runoff in December.