Another Competitive New England Race
Connecticut's Dan Debicella could win back seat for GOP.
5:08 PM, Oct 25, 2010 • By MICHAEL WARREN
When Republican congressman Christopher Shays of Connecticut lost his reelection bid in 2008, he left office as the last of the New England House Republicans. The New York Times has a story about Republican Dan Debicella and Democratic incumbent Jim Himes, who replaced Shays in the Fourth Congressional District. RealClearPolitics ranks this race as a "Toss Up", and the scant polling of the district, which consists of Connecticut's wealthy New York suburbs, shows Himes slightly ahead and well within the margin of error. Here's the Times' takeaway:
In other New England election news, President Obama is next door in Rhode Island today, but he isn't there to endorse Democratic gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio out of "respect" for Lincoln Chafee, the former Republican senator who endorsed Obama in 2008 and is now running for governor as an independent. Caprio artfully responded that Obama can "take his endorsement and really shove it."