With limited public polling data on the presidential race in Massachusetts it's hard to determine how much of an impact, if any, Paul Ryan will have on down-ballot races. The only federal races where he could have a measurable impact are the US Senate and Sixth Congressional District, as those are the only ones that are actually competitive. (Sorry, Fourth!)
Any impact Ryan has down-ballot will probably be minor because he just isn't as polarizing as a Sarah Palin and lacks the local impact of a Mitt Romney. Ryan won't help or hurt Romney that much in Massachusetts because he's going to lose the state by at least 15 percent anyway. The races for US Senate and in the Sixth are close so that's why we're looking at every little thing that happens for a way it could impact them. Ryan's budget and entitlement reform plans are controversial but how many undecided voters are going to make their decision on Scott Brown or Richard Tisei because of them?
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