While midterm elections are usually characterized by voter apathy, 2022 is shaping up to be an exception. With everything from the economy to abortion rights to racism being hotly contested between Democrats and Republicans, candidates and voters are particularly motivated and active this year.
Amidst these hot races are several contests that may bring new Black faces to the US Senate, which will be electing one third of its 100 members this year. While only 11 Black people have served in the Senate in the country’s history, that number could grow thanks to two key races where Black candidates from both parties face each other, and three more where Black challengers have a clear shot to win.
With less than two weeks to go before the election, here are five key races to watch.