Leading up to the 2022 midterm elections, AllSides has examined where candidates in key races stand on the country’s biggest issues.
Now that the elections are upon us, we’ve compiled our coverage of candidates’ stances on abortion, immigration, climate change, healthcare, voting rules, and gun control to offer a guide as a new group of lawmakers gets set to take office.
- Climate Change
- Voting Rights and Voter Fraud
- Gun Control and Gun Rights
Following the Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization that overturned Roe v. Wade, it's no surprise that abortion is a key issue in the upcoming elections.
Whether or not a state’s abortion laws are currently changing, it’s an issue that candidates have been confronted with nationwide.
Senate Races: Florida, North Carolina, Iowa, Ohio
Gubernatorial Races: Texas, New Mexico, Georgia
House Races: Alaska, Maine’s 1st and 2nd Districts, Texas’s 22nd and 37th Districts
Across the political spectrum, candidates see immigration and border security as an area in need of reform. Whether this entails expanding border security and tightening restrictions or providing more accessible, efficient pathways to citizenship, many candidates are taking a stance on the issue and incorporating policy goals into their campaigns and political agendas.
Senate Races: North Carolina, Florida, Arizona, Colorado
Gubernatorial Races: Texas, New Mexico, Arizona
House Races: New Mexico’s 2nd District, California’s 22nd District, Texas’s 15th and 28th Districts
While some candidates view climate change as one of the most pressing issues facing our nation, others focus less on that and more on currently-high energy costs and fiscal responsibility, sourcesare placing less of a focus on energy and the environment in their proposed policy.
Regardless of their stance, many candidates cannot avoid discussing this hot-button topic as the midterm elections begin to close in, due to its wide-ranging implications for the economy, energy usage, transportation and more.
Senate Races: Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Colorado
Gubernatorial Races: Pennsylvania, Florida, Maryland
House Races: New Hampshire’s 1st District, New York’s 22nd District, Texas’s 34th District
Healthcare is an ever-present issue in the minds of politicians and voters alike. While differing on specific policy priorities, both Democrats and Republicans voters indicate healthcare is of importance when selecting candidates.
Senate Races: Nevada, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin
Gubernatorial Races: Michigan, Ohio, Maine
House Races: Virginia’s 7th District, Florida’s 13th District, Nebraska’s 2nd District
Decisions regarding voting and elections often raise various a plethora of other concerns, from election security and foreign relations to discrimination and racism. As a result, the issue brings about heated debate in Senate, House, and gubernatorial races alike.
Senate Races: Wisconsin, Georgia, Alaska
Gubernatorial Races: Maryland, New Hampshire, Kansas
House Races: Michigan’s 7th District, Nevada’s 3rd District, California’s 22nd District
The issue of gun control and gun rights is a relentless point of controversy in the political space, especially in light of recent mass shootings in Texas, New York, and elsewhere. While some advocate for increasing restrictions, others see these restrictions as imposing upon Second Amendment rights.
Senate Races: Florida, New Mexico, Iowa
Gubernatorial Races: Colorado, Georgia, Maine
House Races: Arizona’s 1st District, California’s 47th District, New York’s 19th District
See more on our 2022 elections page.
Rose Mercer is an AllSides Content Intern. She has a Lean Left bias.
This piece was reviewed by Henry A. Brechter, AllSides Managing Editor (Center bias).
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