Senate hinges on New England

From The Hill:

The battle for control of the Senate could come down to New England, a region where the GOP brand was seen as defunct a few years ago.

A best-case scenario for Republicans would allow the party to retain Senate seats in Massachusetts and Maine while picking up a seat in Connecticut. Coupled with gains in other parts of the county, it would likely be enough to make Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) the majority leader.

But to do so, the GOP will have to beat history. No Republican has been elected to the Senate from Connecticut since 1982, while Sen. Scott Brown (Mass.) — who is in a tight race to retain his seat — was the first Republican senator elected from Massachusetts since Edward Brooke in 1972.

President Obama is an overwhelming favorite to win all three states, meaning Republicans will have to convince voters to split their ballots.

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