Continued from page 2

Republicans need the help of independent voters to pull off any upsets.

“It’s no secret that independent voters ultimately determine the winners and losers in New England,” said Republican National Committee spokesman Parish Braden. “And with independents increasingly frustrated with the Democrats’ economic policies, incumbent Democrats across the country have become more vulnerable.”

Mr. Perry, the Republican candidate for the Cape Cod seat, said his message to independent voters, who make up roughly 50 percent of the district, is not limited to one party or to a partisan label.

“It’s a message of more limited and effective government,” he said. “Voters are not happy with the health care reform, immigration reform and debt being left to future generations.”