DemDaily: The 2022 Election Calendar. Updates!

 April 29, 2022

We are just 192 days until the November 8, 2022 midterms and there are new updates to the election calendar.

May will be a busy month, with twelve primaries, including the high-profile contests in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

DemList has posted the 2022 Election Calendar on our site, which includes all United States Senate, House, and gubernatorial primaries, runoffs and special elections, as well as the Congressional legislative schedule. You can also access our State Pages which provide a snapshot of state-by-state elected officials and party links.

As always, we will continue to keep you updated through the DemDaily column with our analysis of the issues, elections and daily coverage of the political landscape.

The latest addition to the calendar is a June 14 special election to fulfill the remaining term of Democratic Congressman Filemon Vela (TX-CD34), who resigned effective March 31, 2022

The 2022 Election Calendar
March 1: Texas Primary

April 5: Special Primary Election for California's 22nd Congressional District

May 3: Indiana, Ohio Primaries

May 10: Nebraska, West Virginia Primaries

May 17: Idaho, Kentucky, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania Primaries

May 24: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia Primaries; Runoff: Texas
Special Primary Election for Minnesota's First Congressional District

Runoffs are required in nine states between the top two finishers in a primary election where no candidate achieves a required threshold. In Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas a majority, or over 50%, is required to avoid a runoff.


In North Carolina, candidates must win the primary by at least 30% of the vote to become the nominee or the race goes to a second primary. In South Dakota, it is 35%, but that applies only to congressional and gubernatorial primaries.

June 7: California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota Primaries
Special General Election for California's 22nd Congressional District

June 11: Special Primary Election for Alaska's At-Large Congressional District

June 14: Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina Primaries
Special General Election for Texas' 34th Congressional District (no primary, runoff TBD if necessary)

June 21: DC, Virginia Primaries; Runoffs: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia

June 28: Colorado, Illinois, New York, Oklahoma, Utah Primaries
Runoffs: Mississippi, South Carolina
Special General Election for Nebraska's First Congressional District (no primary)

July 19: Maryland Primary (originally June 28)

July 26: Runoff: North Carolina

Other systems: Louisiana has a hybrid system, where an all-party primary is held November 8. If one candidate does not win with a majority of the vote, then the top two candidates go to a runoff. In California and Washington, the top two winners of the all-party primary advance to the general election, and in Alaska, the top four, regardless of party affiliation, advance to the general election. Maine uses a ranked choice voting system.


August 2: Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Washington Primaries

August 4: Tennessee Primary

August 6: Virgin Islands Primary

August 9: Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont, Wisconsin Primaries
Special General Election for Minnesota's First Congressional District

August 13: Hawaii Primary

August 16: Alaska, Wyoming Primaries; Runoff: South Dakota
Special General Election for Alaska's At-Large Congressional District

August 23: Florida Primary; Runoff: Oklahoma

August 27: Guam Primary

September 6: Massachusetts Primary

September 13: Delaware, New Hampshire, Rhode Island Primaries

November 8: Louisiana Primary

November 8: General Election Nationwide

December 10: Runoff: Louisiana

DemDaily: Update on Redistricting. The Final Four 4/28/22
DemDaily: Eyes on Alaska 4/27/22
DemDaily: The 2022 Governors Races: Pennsylvania and Wisconsin 4/15/22
DemDaily: The 2022 Governors Races: Kansas, Michigan and Nevada 4/14/22
DemDaily: The 2022 Governors Races: Arizona and Georgia 4/13/22
DemDaily: Status of The Senate: Other Races to Watch 4/6/22
DemDaily: Status of The Senate II 3/30/22
DemDaily: Status of The Senate I 3/29/22
DemDaily: Texas Primary Results! 3/3/22

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Sources: FEC, Ballotpedia, State SOSs, NCSL, NYT

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