Election Season Lies Ahead For New England

Dec 29, 2017

2018 is a mid-term election year, and New England will host some high-profile races.

Voters at a polling place in Johnston, RI.
Credit RIPR file photo

New England has four first-term governors -- Charlie Baker in Massachusetts, Gina Raimondo in Rhode Island, Phil Scott in Vermont and Chris Sununu in New Hampshire. They all need to win over voters to keep their jobs past 2018.

The region has two wide open contests for governor -- Connecticut, where Dannel Malloy decided not to try for another term, and Maine, where Paul LePage has hit the state's two-term limit.

Every New England state except New Hampshire will also have a U.S. Senate election. Three Democrats and two independents who caucus with Democrats will try to hang on to their seats.

All U.S. House seats are also up for grabs; Democrats currently control 20 of New England's 21 districts.

This report comes from the New England News Collaborative: Eight public media companies, including Rhode Island Public Radio, coming together to tell the story of a changing region, with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.