N.E. shapes up as Democratic firewall for Senate
Democrats are counting on New England to help them pick up Republican-held Senate seats on Nov. 6 and construct a barrier against losses in Nebraska and elsewhere that could erase their majority. The National Republican Senatorial Committee has stopped spending money in Maine, where former Governor Angus King, an independent, leads in the polls and is seen as likely to side with Democrats if he wins. In Massachusetts, Republican Senator Scott Brown faces a strong challenge from Elizabeth Warren.