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Brown To Launch Exploratory Committee for Senate Run

In this Jan. 11, 2011 photo, Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown answers a question during an Associated Press interview at his office in Boston. Josh Reynolds / AP file

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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.

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