United States elections season has already been put in motion with the midterms scheduled for November 8, 2022. The primary elections, often referred to as ‘the primaries’, have already been kicked off in Texas.
The primaries are contested in different formats and dates in each state, depending on the number of vacancies in the United States Congress and gubernatorial positions. Politicians campaign before the primaries to become the top candidate and have three options: fight from a Republican/ Democratic ticket or run as an individual candidate. The top contender from all three categories usually goes up as the party candidate for the elections.
Here is the full schedule of the primary elections in the United States:
1) March 1- Texas
2) May 3- Indiana, Ohio
3) May 10- West Virginia, Nebraska
4) May 17-Kentucky, Oregon, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Idaho
5) May 24- Alaska, Georgia, Arkansas
6) June 7- California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota
7) June 14- Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina
8) June 21- Virginia
9) June 28- Colorado, Illinois, New York, Oklahoma, Utah
10) July 19- Maryland
11) August 2 – Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, Washington
12)- August 4- Tennessee
13) August 9- Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont, Wisconsin
14) August 13- Hawaii
15) August 16- Alaska, Wyoming
16) August 23- Florida
17) September 6- Massachusetts
18) September 13- Delaware, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Lousiana
The primaries will be followed by the midterm elections, which have been designed as a tool for the population to give feedback to the United States Congress and White House halfway through the terms.
Every midterm, at least 34 gubernatorial seats are up for election in the country as governors in 48 states serve four-year terms. New Hampshire and Vermont are the only two states that rotate the position every two years.
The entire House of Representatives may be reshuffled as lawmakers only have a term of two years, while at least 33 seats in the United States will be up for grabs as the upper legislative chamber has a term length of six years.