2022 May midterms: What to know about Ohio, Indiana primaries

At left, Ohio State Senator Matt Dolan, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Ohio, votes early in the May 3 Primary Election at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections on April 28, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Much is at stake in the U.S. this midterm election season. Both chambers of Congress and dozens of governorships and state offices are up for grabs, effectively putting the direction of the country at a crossroads.

The midterm elections are sure to be historically significant as the nation crawls out of a global pandemic amid continuing concerns of inflation and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. All this comes as President Joe Biden has experienced low approval ratings.

Thirteen states will be holding primaries in the month of May, beginning with Indiana and Ohio on Tuesday, May 3. 

Tuesday, May 3

  • Indiana
  • Ohio

Tuesday, May 10

  • Nebraska
  • West Virginia

Tuesday, May 17

  • Idaho
  • Kentucky
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • North Carolina

Tuesday, May 24

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On May 3, Ohio voters will pick nominees for governor and the U.S. Senate while Indiana voters consider whether their Legislature should become even more conservative.

Here’s what to watch as the Ohio and Indiana primaries unfold:

Ohio primary

Voting in Ohio comes against the backdrop of a chaotic and still unresolved redistricting battle.

Big-ticket items include nominations for governor, where Democrat Nan Whaley could be the first woman to secure the nomination, and the coveted open U.S. Senate seat of retiring Republican Rob Portman.

Seven Republican candidates are on the ballot for the seat after months of party division jockeying for former President Donald Trump’s endorsement. Trump twice won Ohio by more than 8 percentage points, so many viewed getting his nod in the Senate race as critical to winning the crowded Senate primary.

Trump endorsed "Hillbilly Elegy" author JD Vance, a move that divided the state as other opponents had aired months of ads highlighting Vance’s past anti-Trump statements. 

The election could provide a fresh window into Trump’s sway among the party faithful. 

Indiana primary

Indiana's election will determine whether the state's Legislature becomes more conservative.

Currently, Republicans control all statewide offices and have had legislative supermajorities for the past decade. Challengers in this year’s midterm say the legislature hasn’t been aggressive enough on issues from attempting to ban abortion to overturning COVID-19 restrictions that were ordered by the state’s Republican governor.

More than a dozen Indiana House members are trying to hold off Republican primary challengers who want to push the Legislature further to the right. 

This story was reported from Detroit. FOX Television Stations’ Austin Williams and The Associated Press contributed.