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New England GOP Decline Continues Amid Losses

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The election could not have gone much worse for Republicans in New England.

GOP presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney did not capture a single electoral vote here. Sen. Scott Brown was cast aside by Massachusetts voters in favor of Democrat Elizabeth Warren.

Elsewhere in New England, Republicans lost every major election for Congress and governor. The losses dishearten Republicans, who have been fighting dwindling numbers here for years.

One expert from the Brookings Institution think tank notes that the national party has no incentive to care about New England because of population shifts to the South and West. Darrell West says that’s where the party sees its future.

He says New England Republicans are “going to have to get used to it.”

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