This article was originally published by Vogue.
With the midterms less than a week away, there has never been a more crucial time to make sure you’re registered and make a plan to vote—whether it’s early or on Election Day. While the promise of Roevember looms large and there are plenty of exciting progressive candidates on the ballot across the US, there’s still a lot of anxiety in the air about how the possibility of a GOP-controlled Senate would affect reproductive freedom, LGBTQ+ rights, climate policy, and a host of other vital issues. Below, find a guide to the five closest senate races in the country right now: If you live in one of these states (or even if you don’t), be sure to cast your vote!
Pennsylvania Senate: John Fetterman (D) vs. Mehmet Oz (R)
Fetterman’s progressive credentials have gotten him far in his race against Oz, but the Republican surgeon’s poll numbers have been steadily climbing since his recent debate with the current Pennsylvania lieutenant governor. Still, with Oz at 48% to Fetterman’s 46%, the race could go either way.
Nevada Senate: Catherine Cortez Masto (D) vs. Adam Laxalt (R)
Cortez Masto holds a literal one-point lead over her Republican opponent as of now, but Laxalt’s focus on GOP-approved issues like inflation may be enough to turn the Nevada Senate into a Republican stronghold.
Georgia Senate: Raphael Warnock (D) vs. Herschel Walker (R)
It’s been a turbulent few months of press for Walker, but that doesn’t seem to be changing the minds of GOP voters in Georgia who support him over the progressive Warnock. Still, Warnock is currently outperforming Walker in the polls, even if it’s by a mere three points.
Ohio Senate: Tim Ryan (D) vs. J.D. Vance (R)
Much political hay has been made out of Vance’s working-class, rural roots, and indeed his message seems to be hitting with Ohio voters. But with Vance at 47.1% to Ryan’s 44.8%, the race is much closer than anyone might have predicted for an election in a traditionally red (or, at most, purple) state.
Arizona Senate: Mark Kelly (D) vs. Blake Masters (R)
Arizona has had a streak of good luck electing Democrats to its Senate in recent years, and Kelly has indeed been ahead of Masters by a narrow margin in the polls. But given the influence of Trump Republicans on the state’s politics, this race is a bit of a nail-biter.