Scott Brown readies move to New Hampshire

In this file photo from January 21, 2010, Scott Brown, R-Mass., talks with members of the news media during a series of meetings with senators on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
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Giving legs to rampant speculation that he's mulling a U.S. Senate bid in New Hampshire, former Sen. Scott Brown has reportedly found a buyer for his Massachusetts home and plans to relocate permanently to the Granite State.

The move suggests the moderate Republican thinks he can muster enough backing and financial support to seriously challenge Sen. Jeanne Shaheen - the first Democratic senator to come out of New Hampshire since former Sen. John Durkin was ousted in 1980. Some Republicans, who need to net six seats to take control of the chamber, have already expressed their support.

After losing his seat in the Bay State last year to Democrat Elizabeth Warren, Brown in February declined to pursue the one left vacant by now-Secretary of State John Kerry. He first raised eyebrows about a potential run in his neighboring state in April and has since been active there, headlining fundraisers and meeting with conservative groups.

Brown put his Wrentham, Mass., property up for sale in September, and already owns a summer house in Rye, N.H. Andrew Glincher, managing partner and CEO at Brown's employer Nixon Peabody LLP, told Bloomberg that Brown will continue to work out of the law firm's Boston office because he's not licensed to practice law in New Hampshire.

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