Senate Seats that Changed Party Hands in the Last Election

What’s In Store For 2022? Last Election Recap Gives Some Clues

( – In the special elections of 2020-2021, Arizona and Georgia’s senate seats switched party hands (red to blue). With November 8, 2022 elections, these seats are up for reelection. This article examines the two states and who will be running for the senatorial seats.


A 2.4% margin determined the winner during Arizona’s 2018 and 2020 senatorial elections. The Democratic candidate Kyrsten Sinema defeated Republican opponent Martha McSally by 50.0% to 47.6% in 2018. Mark Kelly won the 2020 Senate race against Martha McSally by 51.2% to 48.8%. Mark Kelly will face Blake Masters (R) and Marc Victor (L) in the November 8, 2022, senate seat election.

Mark Kelly

Currently, Mark Kelly (D) serves as the senator for Arizona. He won the seat in a special election held in November 2020. Kelly is a former U.S Navy pilot and a NASA astronaut. Together with his wife, Kelly founded the Americans for Responsible Solutions, now Gifford’s, in 2013. Kelly’s policy seeks affordable health care, competitive educational opportunities, increasing wages to meet living costs, and funding federal benefits such as Social Security and Medicare. The July quarterly reports of the Federation Election Commission show Kelly raised $54.1 million and spent $30.8 million.

Blake Masters

Blake Masters (R) served as a chief operating officer of Thiel Capital from 2018 to 2022 and as president of the Thiel Foundation since 2015. The Masters’ plan focuses on technology companies and China. In the August 2 Republican primary, Donald Trump endorsed him. The July quarterly report of the Federation Election Commission shows that Master raised $ 5.0 and spent $ 3.4.

Marc Victor

Marc Victor is running on a Libertarian Party ticket after advancing from the party primary on August 2, 2022. In 1992, Marc graduated with a law degree from Arizona State University. He earned a J.D from the Southwestern University of Law in 1994. His career features serving as a criminal defense attorney. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1985 to 1992. He’s an affiliate of the Live and Let Live Foundation.

As 35 of 100 Senate seats are up for election, Arizona’s results will directly impact partisan balance in the Senate. With the 50-50 share in the Senate chamber, the vote of Harris Kamala (D) will be the tiebreaker.


Republicans have been representing Georgia until January 5, 2021, when Raphael Warnock (D) defeated the incumbent Kelly Loeffler in a run-off after none won majority votes in the November 3, 2020, special elections. Three candidates are contesting the seat up for reelection in the 2022 midterms.

Raphael Warnock

Like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Raphael Warnock (D) was a senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church. Warnock is a co-sponsor of the Warnock-Cruz Amendment that supports bipartisan infrastructure projects between Georgia and Texas. His campaign, by August 2022, had raised approximately $85 million.


Walker (R) is an alumnus of the University of Georgia. His achievements include being a Hall of Fame professional football player and representing the United States at the 1992 Olympics. In 2018, former president Donald Trump appointed him to the Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition. His campaign, by August 2022, had raised more than  $20 million.


Oliver is running on a Libertarian Party ticket. He has experience in the import shipping industry. His campaign, by August 2022, had raised approximately $8,000.

Georgia will elect one senator during the November 8, 2022, general election. According to the latest September 2022 polls, Warnock and Walker are close. There will be a runoff election on December 6, 2022, if no candidate receives more than 50% of the votes in the upcoming election.

The incumbent senators of Arizona and Georgia will be seeking re-election in the November 8, 2022, elections. Their respective parties, having changed party hands in the last election, can only wait and see who wins the battle.

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