CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Former Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Scott Brown won New Hampshire’s Republican U.S. Senate primary on Tuesday, moving forward in his attempt to get back to Washington from another state.
Brown faced nine opponents in the primary, though only two mounted serious campaigns, and he was the front-runner from the start. He’ll face Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen in November in one of a handful of races that will decide control of the Senate for the final two years of President Barack Obama’s term.
This is Brown’s third U.S. Senate campaign in five years. One of the original tea party favorites, he shocked the nation by winning a special election to replace the late Edward Kennedy, a Massachusetts Democrat, in 2010. After getting soundly defeated by consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat, in 2012, he moved to New Hampshire, where he had a vacation home and had lived as a toddler, seeking an alternate route to Washington.
If Brown is successful, he would become only the third U.S. senator to serve multiple states.
During the primary, Brown touted himself as an independent problem-solver willing to work across the political aisle. He spent much of his time trying to tie Shaheen to the increasingly unpopular Obama, particularly in her support for Obama’s health care overhaul law.
While races in several other states are considered more competitive, outside groups already have poured $6.6 million into New Hampshire, bringing the total spent on the race to nearly $16 million.