Democrats and Republicans alike have had a busy year for politics, and that includes a full slate of new candidates vying to run in 2018.
Some of the most exciting political contests have taken place in states with new representatives, but some of the top names to watch are all around the country.
Here are five important stories to know right now about 2018:Who are the new House and Senate hopefuls?
A number of new House hopefols have announced their bids for the House and the Senate, which could give a sense of how competitive this election is.
Here’s a look at some of them:1.
Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA)The Iowa Republican and her husband are the first new House candidates to announce their bids in 2018, and their announcement came just a few days before the first of three primary elections to determine the next Congress.
She’s the first woman to ever win a congressional seat.2.
Former New Mexico Gov.
Gary Johnson (R)Former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson announced his bid on Tuesday, and the former two-term governor is poised to be a force in the presidential race.
Johnson, a former two time presidential candidate, announced his run on a platform of making New Mexico a place that everyone can live, work, and play, with a focus on ending the opioid crisis.
He says he’ll be “putting New Mexico first” by making education the priority, and will “fight to end the War on Drugs.”3.
Rep. Steve King (R, IA)King’s announcement comes just two weeks before his reelection bid, which he says will be about putting the needs of Iowa first.
He has previously served as governor, where he signed the state’s same-sex marriage ban and banned the Confederate flag from statehouse grounds.
King will also have a primary challenge from state Rep. Mike Quigley, who is seeking to replace Rep. Tom Petri (R), who was elected in 2018 after serving for 14 years in the Iowa House.4.
Sen and former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)Sanders is the first Democratic candidate to announce a presidential bid, and his announcement came on the eve of the Iowa caucuses.
Sanders will be the first Sanders supporter to run for president, though he has said he will not seek the Democratic nomination.5.
Sen.(D-IA), former Republican Gov.
Ed Rendell(R)Rendell announced his presidential bid last month, and it will likely be his last run for the White House before the 2020 election.
Rendell will likely run for reelection in 2022 and run against incumbent Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), who is set to be re-elected in 2018 with a huge lead in reelection polls.
He’s currently the most-backed Republican incumbent in the Senate.6.
Former Texas Gov.
Rick Perry(R), a two-time presidential candidateA two-year presidential candidate has had a difficult 2016 campaign, but the Texas governor has now announced that he will run for Congress in 2020.
Perry has a long history of supporting President Donald Trump and is likely to be one of the few voices to stand up to the president when it comes to fighting for the Republican Party’s agenda.7.
Sen(D-NC), former Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer(D)Schumer announced his candidacy for Congress last week, and he will likely face a primary challenger from former Gov.
Kay Hagan (D), who has a huge edge in reelection polling.
Schumer is also running against Democratic incumbent Sen.(NC), who serves as the chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.8.
Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi(D), a three-term former House Speaker(D)- former Speaker Nancy Gingrich(R)- former House Minority Leader Eric Cantor(R-VA)- former Rep. Bob Ney(D)(R-FL)Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich(D-) has been a longtime opponent of Trump, and there has been speculation that he could run for office in 2020 after being elected to the House in 2019.
He announced his own presidential bid in 2016, and is expected to run again in 2018 and 2020.9.
Rep.(D), former Rep.(R)- Rep.(Wash.)
Rep. John Barrow(D).
Barrow announced his Senate bid in January 2018, but he has not announced his intentions for the race yet.
Barrow, who served in Congress from 2010 to 2018, has previously announced that the Democratic Party has a chance to win back control of the House after the 2020 elections.
Barrows will be up against Rep.(GA), a former House member from Georgia, who has said that he plans to run as an independent.10.
Former Sen.(R-UT), former Sen.(Wis.), former Sen(Kan.), Sen.(Hawaii), Sen.(Mass.)