Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown is expected to launch an exploratory committee for a Senate run in neighboring New Hampshire, Republican sources with knowledge of the plan tell NBC News.
Brown, who recently relocated from Massachusetts to a vacation home in the Granite State, is also reaching out to political elites in the state and seeking to bring on campaign staff.
A Brown run would create another battleground for Democrats in their efforts to maintain control of the Senate.
He would bring name recognition and a deep GOP fundraising base to the fight against incumbent Democrat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.
Brown, 54, won the 2010 special election in Massachusetts to replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, but he was roundly defeated by progressive darling Sen. Elizabeth Warren in 2012.
First published March 13 2014, 2:27 PM
Kasie Hunt has covered politics for NBC News since January 2013. Hunt came to NBC News from The Associated Press, where she served as a national political reporter. As one of the organizationâ€™s lead campaign trail reporters, Hunt covered the Republican primary field and nominee Mitt Romney, eventually following the Romney campaign nearly full time from December 2011 through election day.
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Prior to joining the AP, Hunt covered the 2010 mid-term elections and the emerging GOP presidential primary race as a national political reporter for POLITICO. Earlier, she covered health care, education, and labor policy for National Journalâ€™s CongressDaily, where she closely followed the Affordable Care Act from inception to passage. She began her journalism career as an intern with the NBC News political unit.
Hunt has appeared regularly on numerous television programs, including MSNBCâ€™s â€œThe Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd,â€ â€œNOW with Alex Wagner,â€ and â€œHardball with Chris Matthews,â€ as well as NBCâ€™s â€œThe Chris Matthews Show.â€
Hunt is a graduate of George Washington University and holds a masterâ€™s degree in sociology from the University of Cambridge, where she was a member of St Johnâ€™s College.