The 18th Senatorial District is shaping up to be a key battleground this fall.
The open seat in eastern Connecticut, currently held by soon-to-retire Democrat Andrew Maynard of Stonington, is crucial to the Republican party's hopes of gaining control of the Senate. The GOP has nominated former Groton Town Mayor Heather Bond Somers.
New London County has proven receptive to the GOP message in recent years. In 2014, Sen. Paul Formica of East Lyme and Reps. Aundré Bumgardner of Groton and John Scott of Mystic all won high-profile victories.
But Democrats will fight just as hard to keep the seat. The party's top names have been actively raising money for...