After years of supporting Democrats, New England voters are looking closely at Republican candidates in several congressional and gubernatorial races as they blame President Biden and Democratic policies for high energy and grocery prices.

House races in Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Maine are considered competitive for Republicans, and the GOP is targeting Senate incumbent Democrat Maggie Hassan in New Hampshire as well as Democratic incumbent Gov. Janet Mills in Maine. .

If the GOP wins just one House district, it will restore a Republican congressional seat in New England for the first time in four years.

There are currently no House Republicans from New England and only one senator: Susan Collins of Maine.

“It’s been a long time since Republicans have marched in New England, but this year is different,” Nathan Gonzalez, editor and publisher of the nonpartisan Inside Elections, told OlxPraca. “Republicans have a chance to pick up a handful of seats, including one each in Rhode Island and Connecticut and a pair in New Hampshire.”

A few more Republican victories in November would set up the largest congressional GOP sweep in New England in nearly two decades.

Republicans are eyeing this traditionally blue territory as polls suggest a red wave is coming in the midterm elections that could reach deep into Biden territory.

The most promising pickup for the GOP may be in Rhode Island, where Republican Alan Fung is ahead of Democrat Seth Magaziner in the race for the state’s 2nd District seat.

Democrat Jim Langevin has represented the district for two decades and is retiring. Mr. Magaziner failed to gain traction against his hopeful Democratic successor, Mr. Fung, the popular former longtime mayor of Cranston.

A recent poll conducted by Suffolk University for the Boston Globe found Mr. Fung ahead of Mr. Magaziner by 7 points, although 13 percent were undecided.

David Paleologos, a Suffolk pollster, told The Times that Mr. Fung has benefited from independent candidates, who are swinging strongly in his direction.

“Independents are worried about the economy,” Mr. Paleologos said. “Mr. Magaziner, the Rhode Island treasurer, also lacks strong Democratic support from GOP voters compared to Mr. Fung’s strong support. Suffolk/Boston Globe Poll In, Mr. Fung won the support of 9% of Democrats.

It’s single-digit support, but it all adds up — for Mr. Fung.

“Fing’s popularity is a constant,” Mr. Paleologos said.

In New Hampshire, Republicans believe they can pull off the trifecta and win the 1st and 2nd congressional districts, as well as a Senate seat on the ballot next month.

In the 1st District, Democratic incumbent Rep. Chris Pappas faces Republican challenger Carolyn Levitt. The two discussed inflation and energy prices in Concord last week.

“Mr. Pappas just bragged about draining our emergency reserves that are supposed to be there in time of war so that prices don’t go down before the election. It’s embarrassing. I’m sorry, it’s a is a short-term trick,” Mr. Levitt said in a jab at Mr. Biden’s massive withdrawal from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to try to lower gasoline prices.

An AARP poll released this month showed Mr. Pappas tied with Ms. Levitt 48% to 47%.

In the Granite State’s second district, Democratic Representative Annie Custer was leading GOP challenger Robert Burns by 10 points in an AARP poll, but analysts rated the race as a potential GOP pickup thanks to Mr. Biden’s unpopularity in the state. Continued.

An Oct. 6 poll of likely voters, also sponsored by AARP, found Ms. Hassan leading Republican challenger Don Boldick by seven points in the Senate race, which the GOP considers a striking distance.

Rep. Frank Guinta, who was defeated in 2016, was the last Republican to serve in the US House. Kelly Ayotte, the last Republican in the US Senate from New Hampshire, was also defeated in 2016.

In Connecticut’s 5th District, analysts say Republican George Logan has a chance to defeat Democratic incumbent Rep. Jehanna Hayes. The two were tied in a poll at the end of the summer, but Ms Hayes edged out by a few points. In Maine, the race to fill the 2nd District seat is a tossup between Democratic Rep. Jared Golden and Rep. Bruce Poliquin, who lost the seat in 2018, leaving the House GOP without New England representation.

New Englanders will go to the polls just as they start cranking up the much more expensive heating in their homes. Polling shows that voters blame the Biden administration for rising energy prices.

In Rhode Island, more than a third of all homes are heated with oil and propane, the cost of which is skyrocketing.

Jesus Solorio, executive director of the Rhode Island Republican Party, said Mr. Fung’s popularity and discontent over high energy prices and inflation had shifted momentum toward Republicans, even in a state that would normally be dominated by Democrats. Votes heavily.

“People have buyer’s remorse,” he said.

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