There are still 50 days to go until the highly anticipated 2022 midterm elections. Democrats are currently riding a wave of enthusiasm as their numbers keep rising. In the meantime, many Republicans are trying to pick themselves up after the primaries and work on gaining control of Congress.
A few months ago the expectations for this midterm were completely different, with the Democrats having been preparing for complete losses. However, recent development, including the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade has allowed the party to gain momentum as they play into powerful topics such as Abortion rights and potential threats to the country’s democracy.
Antjuan Seawright, a Democratic strategist and senior adviser to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said that one thing she has always known as a person from South Carolina is that you should never try to predict the results half a year in advance.
Republicans are still expected to win back the House majority because of the increasing concerns of the American public regarding inflation, the economy, and the rise in crimes.
However, it is uncertain whether they will be able to gain control of the Senate.
For the GOP to get control of the Senate, they would need to win one seat. However, due to the recent selection of several controversial candidates, as well as challenges to their campaign it is becoming increasingly harder for them to achieve this goal.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said last month that there is a greater chance of them flipping the House than the Senate and that in competitive Senate races the quality of the candidates will be the key to determining the outcome.
The recent investigations into former President Trump’s dealings have also allowed Democrats to gain even further momentum.