MEMO: Climate’s Impact on the Midterms Thus Far

To: Interested Parties
From: Lori Lodes, Executive Director, Climate Power & Heather Hargreaves, Executive Director, Climate Power Action
Date: November 10, 2022
RE: MEMO: Climate’s Impact on the Midterms Thus Far

While votes are still being counted, there are a few things that are clear about this midterm election: 1) Voters rejected MAGA candidates and their extremist agenda; and 2) Climate and clean energy investments passed by Democrats in Congress proved to be a political winner. The red wave that Republicans expected did not materialize. Instead,  voters turned out for candidates who ran on protecting our rights and taking bold action on climate change and lowering the cost of prescription drugs and energy.

This memo overviews six initial races that demonstrate the climate movement’s impact in the 2022 elections and includes highlights from Climate Power’s work leading up to the 2022 midterms. 

Here Are A Few Examples Thus Far of Climate Wins: 

U.S. Senate: Though control of the Senate is still yet to be determined, we are optimistic that Democrats will retain control and possibly even gain a seat. Across the country, candidates who ran on climate and clean energy policies that will lower costs for families have overwhelmingly won.

U.S. House of Representatives: Control of the U.S. House of Representatives is still yet to be officially determined, but win margins will be much smaller than expected. One thing that is clear is the extreme positions and attacks on energy issues by GOP candidates were ineffective with voters. 

Climate Power’s Impact on the 2022 Election Cycle

Overall this election cycle, Climate Power and Climate Power’s affiliated Super PAC, Climate Power Action, spent more than $10 million with key partners to elect climate champions and turn out climate voters by celebrating how Democrats delivered with the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act. As mentioned above, we focused on key races and states where climate voters, including youth and communities of color, would have an impact. The initial results show that our strategy worked. 

Below are some highlights by the numbers from Climate Power and Climate Power Action’s work in the midterms this year: