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USA 2022 primary election: which states have voted?

Several states have already taken to the polls to determine who will be on the ballot this November, but many more have yet to cast their votes.

Voters arrive to drop off mail-in ballots at an election site in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S. May 17, 2022.  REUTERS/Quinn Glabicki

Between 1 March and 13 September, voters will take to the polls in state primaries which will determine the candidates that make it to the General Election Ballot in November.

When does each state host its primaries?

In 2022, Texas was the first is the first state to host its primary on 1 March.

All eyes are on the Texas gubernatorial race where incumbent Republican Govenor Greg Abbott will face Democratic rising star Beto O’Rourke, who previously served in the US House of Representatives.

Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia have already hosted their primaries, and residents in those states, for the most part, know which candidates will be on the ballot in November.

Tuesday 24 May, 2022

  • Alabama, Arkansas, and Georgia

Tuesday 8 June 2022

  • California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, and South Dakota

Tuesday 14 June 2022

  • Nevada, North Dakota, Maine, and South Carolina

Tuesday 21 June 2022

  • Virginia

Tuesday 28 June 2022

  • Colorado, Illinois, New York, Oklahoma, and Utah

Tuesday 19 July 2022

  • Maryland

Tuesday 2 August 2022

  • Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, and Washington

Thursday 4 August 2022

  • Tennessee

Tuesday 9 August 2022

  • Connecticut, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Vermont

Saturday 13 August 2022

  • Hawaii

Tuesday 16 August 2022

  • Alaska and Wyoming

Tuesday 23 August 2022

  • Florida

Tuesday 6 September 2022

  • Massachusetts

Tuesday 13 September 2022

  • Delaware, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island

Do any states not hold a primary election?

Yes. Louisiana does not hold a primary election. Instead, all candidates are presented on the ballot in November, meaning that anyone of any party can vote for whichever candidate they prefer.

How will redistricting impact the 2022 Mid-Terms?

Democrats are hoping to maintain control in both Congressional chambers. Currently, in the House of Representatives, Democrats hold a slim majority; of the 435 seats, 221 are controlled by Democrats.

In 2020, the US Census took place which means that states will have redrawn their congressional boundaries to account for any demographic changes. Five-Thirty-Eight has reported that so far, redistricting has been beneficial for Democrats, but this does not consider states whose maps have either not been approved or are currently held in the court system.

How many states are currently litigating their new congressional map?

Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah are currently having their maps evaluated by the courts. Of these states, Five-Thirty-Eight only identified an electoral advantage for one party in Nevada and New Mexico.


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