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What states are holding midterm primary elections on June 7, 2022?

Millions of voters will take to the polls in several states including California and New Jersey to vote in their primary on 7 June.

A worker sorts ballots at the Sacramento Registrar of Voters as California goes to the polls in a gubernatorial recall election allowing the voting public to remove current governor Gavin Newsom and replace him with one of 46 candidates, in Sacramento, Ca
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Votes in California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, and South Dakota will head to the polls on Tuesday 7 June to participate in their state’s 2022 Primary Election. The votes cast on Tuesday will determine the candidates who will face off in the 2022 Mid-Term Election in November.

All states will select the candidates for Congress they want to see on the ballot later this year. Based on the 2020 Census each state has all undergone a process of redistricting to account for population shifts that occurred over the last decade. This will also impact the number of Congressional seats assigned to each state. This means that some states will see a decrease in the number of Congressional seats they have starting in January 2023.

Changes in Congressional Districts: January 2023

Which states lost Congressional seats?

  • California (-1)
  • Illinois (-1)
  • Michigan (-1)
  • New York (-1)
  • Ohio (-1)
  • Pennsylvania (-1)
  • West Virginia (-1) 

Which states gained Congressional seats?

  • Colorado (+1)
  • Florida (+1)
  • Montana (+1)
  • North Carolina (+1)
  • Oregon (+1)
  • Texas (+2) 


In California, voters will cast their votes for offices at the state and federal levels.

Current Govenor Gavin Newsom is seeking a second term in office after winning a recall election less than a year ago. Unlike other states where primaries are party-specific, in California, all voters are allowed to vote for any candidate and the two with the highest number of votes make it onto the November ballot.

The race for Senate is a bit confusing. Voters will decide who they want to see finish out Vice President Kamala Harris’s remaining term which ends on 3 January 2023, as well as, the candidates that will square off in November for the next six-year term.

Alex Padilla who served as Secretary of State in California was appointed to serve in Harris’ vacant seat once she became Vice President. He is running to stay in the Senate through January and is hoping to make it to the November ballot to continue representing California after Harris’ term would have ended.


Iowans will be selecting the Democratic and Republican representatives they would like to see face off for the state’s Govenor and US Senate race in November

Govenor’s Race

Current Republican Govenor Kim Reynolds will face Democratic businesswoman Deidre DeJear in the fall.

US Senate Canidates


  • Jim Carlin, Lawyer
  • Chuck Grassley, US Senator (incumbent)


  • Abby Finkenauer, Congresswomen Iowa 1
  • Michael Franken, Navy Admiral
  • Glenn Hurst, Minden City Council Member


Aside from the House races, there are no other national elections taking place in Mississippi this year.


Aside from the House races, there are no other national elections taking place in Montana this year.

New Jersey

Aside from the House races, there are no other national elections taking place in New Jersey this year.

New Mexico

At the top of the ticket voters will select the candidates for Governor and Senate along with a variety of down ballot races. Current Demcratic Govenor, Michelle Lujan Grisham will be seeking a second term and is presumed to win the party’s nomination.

Republican Candidates for Govenor

  • Jay Block, Sandoval County commissioner
  • Rebecca Dow, New Mexico State Representative
  • Ethel Maharg, Executive Director, Right to Life of New Mexico
  • Mark Ronchetti, former KRQE meteorologist
  • Gregory Zanetti, retired U.S. Army National Guard

South Dakota

Voters in South Dakota will also be selecting a governor and Senator this year. In the governor’s race, the Minority Leader of the South Dakota House of Representatives, Jamie Smith, is the only Democrat in the race. She will face either incumbent Gov. Kristi Noem, who has been endorsed by former-president Trump or Steven Haugaard the state’s former Speaker of the House.

US Senate

There is only one Democrat, Brian Bengs, who has declared their candidacy in the Senate race. Bengs is a US Navy veteran and was a professor of political science at Northern State University.


  • Mark Mowry, musician and rancher
  • Patrick Schubert, software executive
  • John Thune, US Senator (incumbent)
  • Bruce Buffalo Dreamer Whalen, Oglala Sioux tribal administrator

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