Ex-Sen. Smith to Challenge Shaheen in NH

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Monday, 02 Dec 2013 09:13 AM

By Lisa Barron

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Former New Hampshire Sen. Bob Smith has changed his mind about running for his old seat and will challenge Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen in 2014.

"I have a decision to run again for the Senate," Smith told New Hampshire TV station WMUR Sunday, adding: "This is nothing personally against Jeanne Shaheen, who I like as a person, but I couldn't disagree more with her politics."

The Republican said he had declared in October he would not run to make way for other candidates, but has since been getting encouragement to enter the primary race.

The 72-year-old will move back to New Hampshire from Florida, where he has lived since he lost his re-election bid in 2002. While living in Florida he twice made brief runs for the U.S. Senate in 2004 and 2010, but quickly dropped out of those races. He plans to formally launch his New Hampshire campaign in January.

Smith is the third Republican to enter the race against Shaheen. He joins former state Sen. Jim Rubens and conservative activist Karen Testerman.

Republicans, however, have been encouraging former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, who lost his seat last year to Elizabeth Warren, to move to the Granite State and enter the race as well, reports Politico.

Brown has reportedly just sold his home in Massachusetts and plans to move further north. In another indication that he may run, he also changed his Twitter handle from @ScottBrownMA to @SenScottBrown.

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