Magazine article Politics Magazine

Connecticut

Magazine article Politics Magazine

Connecticut

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DEMOCRATIC SEN. CHRIS DODD may not be able to save the economy, but he could save Connecticut's Republican Party. Polls suggest that Connecticut voters are ready to bench the five-term incumbent in 2010, and that's igniting hope for the Connecticut GOP. "This is a really good opportunity for Republicans," says Dr. Gary Rose, chair of the department of government and politics at Sacred Heart University. "I think it would send a regional and national message: Don't count the party out right now."

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Connecticut Republicans were sidelined last fall when their lone congressman, 11 -term Rep. Chris Shays, lost his bid for reelection. "Connecticut used to be a fairly competitive two-party state," says Rose. "[Now] it has become very socially and culturally liberal."

This past cycle, the national party and the McCain campaign showed little interest in the state. "The Obama phenomenon was particularly brutal here," says Christopher Healy, chairman of the Connecticut GOP. …

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