With six months until Election Day, here are the four New England contests to watch - The Boston Globe

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Published: May 05, 2020
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95% "While this contest won't really be decided in November (spoiler: a Democrat will win), the Sept. 1 primary is one of the most important ..."
91% "If Markey wins, it is hard to see how he doesn't have the seat for life.""
89% "While New Hampshire has been trending Democratic in the last few decades, Trump narrowly won this district in 2016.""
88% "While the race will heat up, it is unclear how campaigning in the coronavirus era will change things exactly.""
87% "In 2018, Democratic incumbent Carol Shea-Porter retired and Democrats kept the seat when Chris Pappas, now 39, won a crowded Democratic primary before cruising ..."

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95% : She was once among the country's most popular senators.
95% : While this contest won't really be decided in November (spoiler: a Democrat will win), the Sept. 1 primary is one of the most important Massachusetts elections in a long time and is worth mentioning.
91% : That stratification has to do with the national political environment, but also with former governor Paul LePage, who left office last year.
91% : If Markey wins, it is hard to see how he doesn't have the seat for life.
89% : While New Hampshire has been trending Democratic in the last few decades, Trump narrowly won this district in 2016.
88% : US Senate race in Maine
88% : While the race will heat up, it is unclear how campaigning in the coronavirus era will change things exactly.
87% : Collins was first elected to the Senate in 1996 and for years has been seen by voters as a perfect fit for the state's once-moderate political temperament.
87% : New Hampshire's First Congressional District
87% : In 2018, Democratic incumbent Carol Shea-Porter retired and Democrats kept the seat when Chris Pappas, now 39, won a crowded Democratic primary before cruising to victory with a nearly 9-point win in the general election.
83% : To win that district in 2016, Trump visited twice and put in a lot of resources.
83% : Incumbent Senator Ed Markey, 73, is seeking reelection but is being challenged by US Representative Joe Kennedy III, who is 39.
83% : The stakes: if Kennedy wins, he may turn around to run for president soon thereafter.
80% : Massachusetts US Senate
79% : In the Trump era, she now ranks as one of the least popular. Democrats recruited Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon to challenge Collins and national Democrats have helped her out-raise Collins.
78% : From 2006 to 2016 the seat changed parties five times in six elections.
77% : Maine's Second Congressional District
76% : For some time, New Hampshire's First Congressional District was known as the "swingiest swing district" in the country.
74% : It is unclear whether he will do that this time.
73% : There are three Republicans seeking the nomination, including a former LePage spokeswoman.
69% : (A fun fact: Golden used to be a congressional aide to Collins.)
68% : But like everywhere else in the country, politics in Maine has become very polarized.
67% : It's one of the reasons it is expected to be the most expensive race in state history.
66% : He was the 2018 Republican nominee for US Senate against incumbent independent Angus King, who easily defeated Brakey.
63% : Along with New Hampshire's First District, Maine's Second Congressional is an area where a Democratic freshman member of Congress represents a district Trump won.
62% : The contest was expected to be a blockbuster featuring a generational divide and, well, a Kennedy on a Massachusetts statewide ballot.
58% : Still, partisan politics remains, and there are some interesting races in mostly blue New England, where New Hampshire is expected to be a presidential swing state, up for grabs along with a congressional district in northern Maine that President Trump picked off in 2016.
58% : The marquee race in New England this year will be in Maine, where Republican Susan Collins, seeking her fifth term, is facing a very real battle.
57% : That said, Republicans initially struggled with who to put up in this election against Pappas.
56% : Here are four races that deserve more attention in the coming months.
54% : (Gideon faces a July 14 primary, but she is widely assumed to win.)
52% : Part of what is helping fuel Democratic anger at Collins was her support for Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court and her vote to not remove Trump from office after he was impeached.
51% : It is almost impossible for Democrats to flip the four seats they need to flip (should Trump win reelection) without winning Maine.
46% : Brakey is a former actor who moved to Maine to work on Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign.
45% : There haven't been a lot of public, independent polls in this race, but those that have been released show the race basically tied.
40% : Republicans nationally have come to her aid, but conservatives in Maine are still not happy with her 2017 vote with Democrats to not scrap Obamacare.
37% : For Collins, however, the main issue has been Trump.
36% : Indeed, polling suggests that no Republican in the country has been hurt more by Trump being in office.
35% : But now there are two Republicans facing-off in the September primary.
34% : Democrat Jared Golden, 37, ousted a Republican incumbent in 2018.
32% : In so doing, he became the first openly gay person to win major office in the state's history.
24% : Let's be clear: the party that wins in Maine could easily decide who controls the Senate next year.
23% : The other, Matt Mayberry, a former vice-chairman of the state Republican Party, has the backing of a few former governors.
23% : But if the Trump campaign follows through on its talk to make a big play in this state, it could have big implications in this race.
22% : One, former Trump administration staffer Matt Mowers, raised more money than any non-incumbent Republican in history in the first three months of 2020.
14% : National pundits say this race leans Democratic.
6% : But if the amount of money raised so far is any indication, then former state senator Eric Brakey is widely leading the contest.

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