In the race for 2nd Hampden & Hampshire Senate, Republican Don Humason, who won a special election last year faces Democrat Patrick Leahy. This race has often lived in the shadow of the higher-profile race next door, but it is no less important. The two have fought tooth and nail in debates as Humason argues for continuing in the seat while Leahy says it is time for somebody who will tackle policy aggressively.
Indeed the Senate, as we have said, being a smaller body demands a bit more of its members than House members who are too numerous to universally do likewise. A senator must be taking on the policy as much as anything. This is not a partisan phenomenon. Members of both parties have done this, and had Humason, we would be hesitant to dismiss him and further unbalance the Senate. However, we feel because he does not meet our test here, we endorse Patrick Leahy.