2022 Elections

2022 State Races


Who’s in and Who’s out for 2022 Governor’s race
My MCM, Deirdre ByrneApril 29, 2021 (Short)

Candidates are starting to announce their candidacy for Maryland’s 2022 gubernatorial election. Maryland’s current governor, Larry Hogan (R), is ineligible to run for reelection due to term limits.

Here’s a look at who is in, who is out, and who is up in the air when it comes to putting their hat in the ring to try and become Maryland’s next governor.

The filing date to declare candidacy is Feb. 22, 2022. This post will be updated as candidates continue to declare their intention about whether or not to enter the race.


The 2022 United States Senate election in Maryland will be held on November 8, 2022, to elect a member of the United States Senate to represent the state of Maryland.

Incumbent Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen has not yet announced whether or not he will seek a second term, although he has filed preliminary paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission.

Democratic primary candidates


  • Colin Byrd, mayor of Greenbelt
  • Michelle Laurence Smith

Filed paperwork

  • Jaden Thomas Farris
  • Chris Van Hollen, incumbent U.S. Senator

Republican primary candidates


  • Kim Klacik, community activist, member of the Baltimore County Republican Committee, and nominee for Maryland’s 7th congressional district in the 2020 special and general elections
  • Andy Harris, U.S. Representative for Maryland’s 1st congressional district (2011–present) (running for re-election)


SourceRankingAs of
The Cook Political Report[8]Solid DJanuary 25, 2021
Inside Elections[9]Solid DApril 23, 2021
Sabato’s Crystal Ball[10]Safe DMarch 11, 2021

But having talked with Rutherford, DePuyt said, “His comments ring true when he talked about how his family was not on board with the rigors of a campaign, and then potentially four or eight years of additional years of service,” and all the demands that would bring.

Rutherford said his decision was not based on any competition from a growing GOP field for the 2022 contest. He also said having to appeal to the “Trump wing” of the Republican party was not a concern.

“There are some of course who jump on social media who are very vocal, but I think the majority of the party would have come around to support me if I decided to run,” he said

Famed political science professor Dr. Larry J. Sabato’s Crystal Ball, a nonpartisan political analysis and handicapping newsletter run by the University of Virginia Center for Politics, predicts Maryland’s next governor will be a Democrat.

The latest edition of Sabato’s often-quoted political newsletter analyzed the national gubernatorial landscape taking shape in 2022: “38 states will see gubernatorial races over the next two years; Democrats currently hold 18 of the seats that will be contested while the GOP holds 20,” writes J. Miles Coleman, the Center for Politics’ associate editor.

“Aside from Maryland, no statehouses are initially favored to flip — but surprises are surely coming,” predicts the Crystal Ball. Maryland, Coleman writes, “is the only state we see changing hands right off the bat.”

Rutherford Won’t Run for Governor in 2022
Maryland Matters, Bruce DePuyt April 14, 2021 (Short)

For more than six years, he has served as Maryland’s nose-to-the-grindstone lieutenant governor, the man perhaps best-positioned to offer himself to voters in 2022 as the logical heir to Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr.’s legacy.

But Boyd K. Rutherford (R) has opted instead to “ride into the sunset” when he and the governor leave office 20 months from now.

In an interview with Maryland Matters on Tuesday, Rutherford said he lacked the burning desire necessary for the rigors of a campaign.

Josh Kurtz: Are Dems Overconfident About 2022 in Maryland?
Maryland Matters, Josh KurtzMarch 17, 2021 (Short)

The Maryland Democratic Party is giddy.

Two national political handicapping websites, The Cook Political Report and Sabato’s Crystal Ball, recently took early assessments of the 2022 political landscape and rated the Maryland gubernatorial election as a very good pickup opportunity for the Democrats. The state Democratic Party and the Democratic Governors Association last week sent out fundraising emails boasting about it.

Why wouldn’t political handicappers look at an open-seat gubernatorial election, one without the gravity-defying Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) in it, and come away with that prediction? The political fundamentals of the state, which just gave President Biden 65.4% of the vote, demand it.

And why wouldn’t Democratic organizations broadcast the ratings? That’s what they’re supposed to do, to build interest and enthusiasm and raise a little dough.


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