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.