What you need to know about the 2018 Elections

If the 2018 states follow the 2016 presidential outcome in their votes for the Senate, Republicans will gain nine Senate seats and have a filibuster-proof majority. It’s time to get to work!

The 2018 United States elections will mostly be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. These midterm elections will take place in the middle of President Trumps term. All 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives and 33 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate will be contested. 39 state and territorial governorships and numerous other state and local elections will also be contested.

The primary season runs from March to September.

Congressional Elections

Senate Elections

United States Senate elections, 2018

All 33 seats in Senate Class I will be up for election. Additionally, special elections may be held to fill vacancies in the other two Senate Classes.

United States Senate special election in Minnesota, 2018, to be held on November 6, 2018.

House of Representatives

United States House of Representatives elections, 2018

All 435 voting seats in the United States House of Representatives will be up for election. Additionally, elections will be held to select the Delegate for the District of Columbia as well as the delegates from U.S. territories, with the exception of the Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico, who serves a four-year term.

During or prior to the 2018 House election on November 6, there will be at least four special elections:

Special election in Michigan’s 13th congressional district following the resignation of John Conyers, to be held on November 6, 2018, coinciding with the regular elections.

• Special election in Ohio’s 12th congressional district following the resignation of Pat Tiberi (date yet to be determined)

Special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district following the resignation of Tim Murphy, to be held on March 13, 2018.

Special election in Arizona’s 8th congressional district following the resignation of Trent Franks, to be held on April 24, 2018

In November 2017, the rate of Republican congresspeople announcing their retirements or resigning their seats was vastly higher than at similar time-points in the Congresses since 2006. Most of these congresspeople faced tough reelection bids in 2018. The rate of Democratic announcements of retirements was in line with previous Congresses. The disproportionate number of Republican retirements is likely to harm Republican prospects in the 2018 mid-term elections as there will be fewer districts where Republicans have the incumbency advantage.

State Elections

The 2018 state elections will impact the redistricting that will follow the 2020 United States Census, as many states task governors and state legislators with drawing new boundaries for state legislative and Congressional districts.

Gubernatorial Elections

United States gubernatorial elections, 2018

Elections will be held for the governorships of 36 U.S. states and three U.S. territories. Special elections may be held for vacancies in the other states and territories, if required by their state/territorial constitutions.

Legislative Elections

87 of the 99 state legislative chambers are holding regularly-scheduled elections in 2018. Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, and Virginia do not hold regularly-scheduled legislative elections in even years. Kansas, Minnesota, New Mexico, and South Carolina will only hold elections for the lower house. In legislative chambers that use staggered terms, only a portion of the seats in the chamber will be up for election.

Local Elections

Mayoral Elections

Major cities which are holding mayoral elections in 2018 include:

Phoenix, Arizona: Incumbent mayor Greg Stanton (D) is not running for re-election.

San Francisco, California (special): London Breed became acting mayor upon Ed Lee‘s death.

Washington, D.C.: Incumbent Muriel Bowser (D) is running for re-election.

Political party strength in U.S. states

Cook Partisan Voting Index

The Cook Partisan Voting Index, often abbreviated as CPVI or simply PVI, is a measurement of how strongly a United States congressional district or state leans toward the Democratic or Republican Party, compared to the nation as a whole.

The 2018 Elections will secure what we have fought so hard to build, we must start fighting now to turn every single State Red and to take control of DC once and for all! If you think it’s hard getting stuff done now, just wait until we lose control of State Governorships and House and Senate seats in DC.

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