GOP Fears Big Losses in Northeast

Dems likely to pick up a dozen seats in Congress, parties say
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 14, 2008 8:23 AM CDT
Vito Fossella, who admitted fathering a child from an extramarital affair after he was arrested for drunk driving in Virginia May 1, will not seek re-election as GOP representative for Staten Island.   (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
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(Newser) – Up to a dozen Republican Congressional seats in the Northeast could fall to Democrats this November, and the New York Times looks at some of the tightest races in the region, where a well-financed Democratic party has won ever more supporters. "There could be a dramatic political realignment in the Northeast if Republicans don’t head it off right now," said one GOP representative.

Democrats already hold about three-quarters of seats in the Northeast and are looking to cement their dominance. In Connecticut Christopher Shays, a 10-term Republican, is facing an uphill battle for reelection, while New York's Staten Island might go blue for the first time in decades thanks to the travails of drunk-driving philanderer Vito Fossella. Several retirements, especially in New Jersey, offer further chances for pick-ups.