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With Six Republican Retirements, the Stakes of the 2022 Senate Elections are Even Higher

by Eli Mshomi

After the 2020 Senate elections, Democrats have finally been able to win the Senate majority.

Now the primary focus of both parties is on the 2022 Senate elections, where many close contests are expected.

With a significant number of Republican Senators retiring, Democrats have high hopes to win the majority easily. 

At least four Republican senators, Richard Burr, Pat Toomey, and Rob Portman, and Roy Blunt have already said that they won’t contest again. Since he will be 89 years old at the time of the 2022 elections, Sen. Chuck Grassley is also expected to retire. Similarly, Richard Shelby and Ron Johnson are also looking to take retirement, potentially making the Democrats way easy.

The admission of Roy Blunt of retirement came on Monday, March 8, when he finally decided to retire but did not comment on the reason for his retirement.

It means that Democrats will have seven seats to snatch from Republicans. Donald Trump’s actions would also hinder the path of the new Republican contenders, as the right-wing candidate is likely to face severe opposition from the voters.

Not only this, but the old Senators enjoy the strong support of the ideological voters of the party, and new nominations are prone to resistance from the voters. 

If Democrats work on these retirements from today, these elections can be a walk in the park for them. It will be a big win for Democrats, as they can gain a significant lead from the seats of the retiring senators.

The United States Senate is divided into three classes of Senators based on their service terms. Class 3 comprises 34 Senators, all of whom will be up for election in the 2022 Senate elections. This will be a regular election, and senators elected in this election will serve a term of six years. 

Class three senators were previously elected in 2016, of which currently there are 14 Democrats and 20 Republicans. The election will be conducted in November 2022 and will decide power-sharing among the Republicans and Democrats. 

Which Senators are up for reelection in 2022? Let’s have a look.

Senators up for reelection in 2022

There are 14 Democrat Senators up for reelection in 2022, while 20 Republican Senators are up for reelection in 2022. Following is a list of Senators whose seats are up for reelection in 2022.


Republican Senators up for reelection in 2022:


Name of Republican Senator up for reelectionStateAdditional Comments
Lisa MurkowskiAlaskaEasy win expected
John BoozmanArkansasDemocrat challenger Dan Whitfield.
Marco RubioFloridaDemocrat challengers include Representative Val Demings, State House member Anna Eskamani, and State Senator Jason Pizzo.
Mike CrapoIdahoEasy Republican win is expected.
Todd YoungIndianaEasy Republican win is expected.
Jerry MoranKansasLikely to face former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the primary.
John HoevenNorth DakotaEasy Republican win is expected.
James LankfordOklahomaEasy Republican win is expected.
Tim ScottSouth CarolinaEasy Republican win is expected.
John ThuneSouth DakotaEasy Republican win is expected.
Mike LeeUtahEasy Republican win is expected.
Rand PaulKentuckyEasy Republican win is expected.
John KennedyLouisianaEasy Republican win is expected.
Ron WydenOregonEasy Republican win is expected.

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Republican Senators up for retirement in 2022:

Richard ShelbyAlabamaClose contest is expected.
Chuck GrassleyIowaPotential Republican nominees include Pat Grassley or U.S. Representative Asley Hinson
Richard BurrNorth CarolinaFormer United States Representative Mark Walker, Rep. Ted Budd, former Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest, and daughter-in-law of former President Donald Trump Lara Trump can win the Republican’s nomination.
Rob PortmanOhioPotential replacements include United States Representative Joyce Beatty, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley, Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein, 2020 presidential candidate Tim Ryan, Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes, and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley.
Pat ToomeyPennsylvaniaHis potential replacements include Montgomery County Commissioner Valerie Arkoosh, Rep. Brendan Boyle, Chrissy Houlahan, State Senator Sharif Street, State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta, and former State Treasurer Joe Torsella.
Ron JohnsonWisconsinHis potential successors will be one of Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth or former Governor Scott Walker. Republicans will face County Executive of Outagamie Tom Nelson, who has filed nomination papers from the Democrat side.


Democrat Senators Up for Reelection in 2022:

Democrat Senators up for reelection in 2022StateAdditional Comments
Mark KellyArizonaClose contest is expected.
Alex PadillaCaliforniaDemocrats have a strong chance to win again.
Michael BennetColoradoDemocrat Michael Bennet will be running from Colorado and is likely to face Republican Darryl Glenn.
Richard BlumenthalConnecticutLikely to face Republican Robert F. Hyde
Raphael WarnockGeorgiaDemocrats have a strong chance to win again.
Brian SchatzHawaiiDemocrats have a strong chance to win again.
Tammy DuckworthIllinoisDemocrats have a strong chance to win again.
Chris Van HollenMarylandDemocrats have a strong chance to win again.
Catherine Cortex MastoNevadaClose contest is expected.
Maggie HassanNew HampshirePotential Republican Challengers include retired Army General Don Bolduc, former Senator Kelly Ayotte, and Governor Chris Sununu.
Chuck SchumerNew YorkHe can face many challenges in the primary, including Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Patrick LeahyVermontThe decision about retirement is yet to be made. Potential Republican Challenger from the state of Vermont is Governor Phil Scott.
Patty MurrayWashingtonDemocrats have a strong chance to win again.


The whole class 3 of Senators are up for elections in 2022, and it will be different than the elections of 2020. It is time for Democrats to identify the weaknesses of the Republicans’ 2022 campaign.

A better look at the election will give them the idea that the retiring Republican Senators will tilt the elections in favor of Democrats.

As only one Democrat Senator is expected to retire, they do not have much to worry about.

However, if the Democrats fail to capitalize on the loopholes of the Republicans, a Republican comeback will expose Democrats, and they can even end up losing their majority, leaving Biden’s presidency vulnerable.

As both Republicans and Democrats buckle up to prepare for the important 2022 Senate elections, some races will be a treat to watch. Others will just be decided according to the trends.

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