After losing re-election in his own state former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown has relocated to New Hampshire and is moving towards a Senate run there. Multiple news organizations, including Politico, ABC News, and CBS News, have confirmed that Brown is going to set up a Senate exploratory committee in the very near future. He would be trying to unseat incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen.
Polling indicates Brown poses a serious challenge to Shaheen in the general election. According to a PPP poll from January, Shaheen holds only a three point lead over Brown. Since he polls the best of any of the potential Republican nominees in New Hampshire, the GOP’s chances of taking the Senate have improved marginally today.
First though, Brown would need to win what is increasingly become a crowded primary. He currently holds a big lead among likely primary voters but that is probably just a product of his high name recognition. In the primary Brown would be vulnerable to attacks on his more moderate stances and being labeled a carpetbagger.
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