Seven takeaways from the 2022 primary season
But the GOP’s Senate hopes are being complicated by a handful of candidates in key races struggling to make the switch from primary mode to appealing to the broader general electorate.
All four have struggled since winning their respective primaries, lagging behind their Democratic foes in net approval ratings.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell acknowledged the problems Republican candidates have faced in comments last month at a Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
For months, the infighting played out in private, with quiet back biting and second guessing over candidates, strategy and spending.
But as the summer dragged on and several Republicans struggled to pivot to the general election, Scott and McConnell’s infighting burst into public.
The eruption came after McConnell’s August airing of his concerns about “candidate quality,” which Scott did not let go unanswered.
However, open-seat Republican primaries – particularly Senate races – have demonstrated Trump’s dominance.
There, Trump squared off with his own former vice president, Mike Pence, and term-limited Ducey in the GOP gubernatorial primary.
This trend is arguably most troubling in down-ballot races, particularly races for secretary of state.
Two-and-a-half months later, the answer seems clear: abortion is a leading issue in 2022 and its impact is being felt at the ballot box.
The Biden administration has attempted to quell those concerns – they named their sweeping health care and climate change bill the “Inflation Reduction Act” – but not all Democratic candidates have lauded their own party’s handling of economic issues.
UDP also spent heavily in Democratic races in Pennsylvania, Michigan, North Carolina, Maryland, Ohio and South Texas, succeeding in all but the open seat primary based in Pittsburgh, where state Rep. Summer Lee defeated moderate Steve Irwin.