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Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown is ready to make it official in New Hampshire.

Brown said Monday that he'll formally announce his Senate candidacy in the Granite State on Thursday in Portsmouth.

The announcement isn't a surprise; Brown recently formed an exploratory committee for the seat and hired a former staffer for Gov. Chris Christie as a top aide.

He'll face a primary and then a short sprint to the general election against Democratic incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.