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Opinion

James A. Peyser

GOP’s national game doesn’t play well locally

Tip O’Neill famously said that “all politics is local.” But for Republicans in New England, the opposite may now be true.

On Nov. 6, Republican candidates running for federal office lost every single race in every single New England state: 21 for Congress, five for Senate, and one for president. Outside of New England, no state experienced such a clean sweep. Senators Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Susan Collins of Maine are the only Republicans left standing — but they weren’t up for reelection this year.

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