New England Turns Bluer
Democrat Joe Courtney's defeat of incumbent Rep. Rob Simmons (R-CT) -- by just 91 votes -- leaves Rep. Christopher Shays (R-CT) as the only House Republican from the six states that comprise New England.
Other New England Republican incumbents to lose were Nancy Johnson of Connecticut and Charles Bass of New Hampshire.
The region's lone Republican Senators are Olympia Snowe, who easily won re-election, and Susan Collins of Maine. Liberal Republican Lincoln Chafee (R-RI) was defeated by Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse.