WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are counting on their New England friends to help them pick up Senate seats 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 Gov. Angus King, an independent, leads in the polls. King is seen as likely to side with Democrats if he wins.
In Massachusetts, Republican Sen. Scott Brown is suddenly considered the underdog against Elizabeth Warren.
Republican hopes of swiping the seat in Connecticut are fading.
The loss of two seats in New England complicates the GOP calculation for majority control. Republicans would have to gain a net of six seats, five seats if Mitt Romney wins the presidency. Democrats currently have the edge, 53-47,