Long considered a bastion of liberalism, New England yielded victories for Republicans Nov. 4. Analysts have attributed many reasons for the poor Democratic outcomes and near misses, including the fact that many New England voters are registered as independents. Professor of Government Anthony Corrado stated that “sizable segments of the electorate have moved toward becoming independents or unenrolled, and candidates are now rising to try to appeal to them. That independent streak is very New England. When voters think things are heading in the wrong direction, they’re willing to move to the other side.”