The New England House races could prove crucial in 2022. Here are contests to watch.

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Maine

Congressional District 2

No New England congressional district has joined the Republican Party more than this one in northern Maine. Fittingly, no other House Democrat has voted less with the Democratic Party than the person who represents that district, Jared Golden. Golden ousted Republican Bruce Poliquin to win in 2018, being the first race for federal office that was decided by the ranked voting method. Poliquin is looking for a rematch this year and ranked pick voting will still be in effect.

New Hampshire

Congressional District 1

Once named the swingiest House neighborhood in the country, this race features young candidates. Chris Pappas, 42, a two-term incumbent Democrat, is the first openly gay member of Congress to be elected in state history. Her Republican opponent, Karoline Leavitt, 25, would set the record for the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.

Congressional District 2

Of the pair of congressional districts in the state, this one leans more Democratic. But the Democrats’ fortunes have been so bad that trouble has seeped into even that seat, representing Nashua and areas west and completely north of the Canadian border. However, if she wins, Annie Kuster will be the first Democrat in state history to win six consecutive elections for a top office. His opponent, Bob Burns, is something of a carefree young conservative who worked on Donald Trump’s campaign in 2016. That said, Burns is an independent thinker. During a recent debate, he said he favors Medicare for All and may be the only Republican candidate for the position.

Rhode Island

Congressional District 1

No race in New England has captured national attention like this contest to replace retired Democrat Jim Langevin, who won the seat in 2000. Republican Allan Fung, former mayor of Cranston and two-time Republican nominee for governor, ran against Trump. -ism and talks about his moderate outlook. This is, of course, necessary in a state that last sent a Republican to Washington 22 years ago, and where Democrats have held the second seat in the congressional district since 1991. The Democratic candidate is the treasurer of the ‘State Seth Magaziner, son of former Bill Clinton adviser Ira Magaziner.

Connecticut

Congressional District 5

Those deeply involved in politics have given this contest a secondary eye over the past two years. Now, with polls showing this race tied, everyone is watching. Two-term Democratic incumbent Jahana Hayes was honored as National Teacher of the Year in 2016. Two years later, amid a Democratic wave, she was elected to Congress. Like Hayes, Republican nominee Sen. George Logan is black and favors abortion rights, though Logan says that’s up to the states and wouldn’t support a federal law.

Vermont

At Large

Given its small population, Vermont sends only two senators and one House member to Washington. It is important to understand this election for two reasons. First, the three-person delegation will change for the first time in 16 years. Second, it’s almost a lock that the winner of the US House race will be Democratic candidate Becca Balint, who will be the first woman to represent Vermont in Washington.


James Pindell can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @jamespindell and on Instagram @jameswpindell. Daigo Fujiwara can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @DaigoFuji.

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