A 2022 Midterms Guide, Part Two: The Down-ballot State Races

Jeremy Fassler
4 min readJan 31, 2022
The Michigan state capitol, photograph source not known

This is the second in a series of articles that will highlight the important races to focus on in 2022 to assure Democratic control of the House, Senate, governorships, and other local officials. Second up: The unsexy state-level races, or, “The elections you don’t think about but really should because they could decide the course of our entire lives (which is really every election but you get the idea).”

If the 2020 election taught us anything, it’s how important state officials are in making sure the process goes smoothly. Democratic attorneys general and secretaries of state in the pivotal states of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania were critical in making sure that Trump’s goons didn’t succeed in their attempts to override the will of the people.

Republicans learned from this — they always do — which is why they want to win these elections this year. So far, the Republicans have raised $33 million for Secretary of State elections, whereas Democrats have only raised $4 million. Meanwhile, Democrats are yelling about primarying Manchin and Sinema (who I repeat, are not up for re-election until 2022) and losing track of these important, unglamorous races to light piles of money on fire in races we’ll never win (stop donating to Marjorie

Democrats, keep your eye on the ball. If the Republicans win these elections, they could succeed at doing what they couldn’t do in 2020 and overturn the results of the next presidential election. Here are the races for Secretaries of State, Attorneys General, and Lieutenant Governors that you need to focus on this year.



Georgia — Currently held by Republican Brad Raffensberger. No Democratic front-runner yet.

Nevada — Currently held by Republican Barbara Cegavske. No Democratic front-runner yet.


Arizona — Democrat Katie Hobbs is stepping down to run for Governor.

Michigan — Currently held by Democrat Jocelyn Benson.

Wisconsin — Currently held by Democrat Doug La Follette.

Safe Red Until Further Notice: Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska

Jeremy Fassler

Freelance writer and journalist. Bylines: The New York Times, The Atlantic, Mother Jones, etc. Co-author of The Deadwood Bible with Matt Zoller Seitz.