Wednesday January 09, 2013 | 03:50 PM

WASHINGTON – New England hasn’t exactly been fertile soil for Republican congressional candidates in recent years.

But a reporter at the liberal Huffington Post website noticed that New England literally wasn’t even on the map for House Republicans.

An interactive map allowing visitors to look up Republican members by state showed the five New England states simply as a dark, unlabeled mass attached to New York.

The Huffington Post's Jason Linkins acknowledged that while there were no Republican delegations in the House from New England, he suggested party leaders were "going out of their way to stick it to the New England states by not even bothering to fill in their state borders or identify them in any way.”

That omission was apparently fixed by Wednesday afternoon when the five states were given borders and labels on the map.

New England is, indeed, a barren landscape for the party in the current Congress. The region’s only two Republican incumbents – both from New Hampshire – lost their re-election bids in November.

The region does have two Republicans in the Senate: Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire. But the House GOP’s interactive map only lists Republican House members – despite the misleading “Republicans in Congress” title -- so neither Collins nor Ayotte are visible.

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