Massachusetts Republicans Gear Up For Big Fights in 2012

Democrats say that they feel confident about keeping the sixth district blue. Obama carried many of the towns and cities in the district in 2008, and Democrats maintain that redistricting did not alter the makeup of the region in a drastic way.

Then there's the Mitt Romney factor. The consensus is that Massachusetts still falls safely in the Democratic column. Maginn hopes that all of these elements which will likely draw high Republican and Independent turnout--a competitive Senate race and several high profile House races--will bode well for Romney in the fall as well, but he stopped short of predicting that Romney could actually carry the state in November.

"Governor Romney will run better against Obama in this state than any other nominee would. Time will tell, if we're still above 8 percent unemployment coming out of the summer, into the fall, you might actually see--Ronald Reagan won this state--and you know, there could be a Romney Reagan thing that happens here in Massachusetts."

Democrats feel confident about their landscape in Massachusetts, and to be sure, Republicans don't suggest that some type of Republican takeover is going to happen in the Bay state. Nevertheless, for the Republican Party, Massachusetts figures to be prominent on the national stage this year.

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