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Bernie Sanders: The Latest Version of Howard Dean

The Sanders poll numbers are good, but Democrats aren't likely to go against Clinton in the end. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders’ poll numbers in New Hampshire have reporters taking notice and progressive Democrats excited: Bernie is surging!  

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg, if you believe the 73-year-old Vermont independent-turned-Democratic presidential hopeful.  

Vermont Rep. Welch Won't Run for Governor

Welch is running for re-election and not for governor. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Vermont's Democratic Rep. Peter Welch announced Friday morning that he will run for re-election to his at-large district and not return to the Green Mountain State to run for governor.  

After Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin said earlier this month that he would not seek a fourth term, speculation immediately turned to the five-term congressman as a strong contender who could clear the Democratic field.  

Top 5 Races to Watch in New England

Ayotte is one of the last congressional Republicans in New England. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Even in the best of times, New England isn’t particularly friendly to Republicans. Today, the GOP boasts just two members — Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire — as the only elected officials at the federal level in the six-state region.

Next year, Republicans will try to climb back to some relevance. Here are the top five races to watch in that region: