Scott Brown

Former Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Scott Brown has won his Republican primary in New Hampshire, advancing his attempt to get back to the Senate from another state.

Brown faced two serious primary challenges Tuesday but was the front-runner from the start. He'll face Democratic first-term U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in November.

If successful, Brown would become only the third U.S. senator to serve multiple states. He represented Massachusetts after winning a 2010 special election against Democrat Martha Coakley, currently the commonwealth’s attorney general and a candidate for governor, for the late Democrat Ted Kennedy's seat.

Scott lost to Democrat Elizabeth Warren in 2012 and moved last year to New Hampshire, where he had a vacation home and lived as a toddler.

New Hampshire's race is among a handful that will decide control of the Senate for the final two years of President Barack Obama's term.

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BOSTON (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown has joined the board of directors of Kadant Inc., a Westford-based paper company.

Brown said he looked forward to "contributing to the future direction" of the company.

Kadant president Jonathan Painter said the company welcomed the chance to draw on Brown's "wealth of experience on local, state, national and international issues." The company describes itself as a leading supplier to the global pulp and paper industry.

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BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has tapped his former chief-of-staff William "Mo" Cowan to serve as interim U.S. senator until a special election to fill the seat left vacant by Secretary of State-designate John Kerry.

Patrick says Cowan's role in helping turn around the Massachusetts economy in recent years "has earned him the respect and admiration of people throughout government." He says the state will benefit from Cowan's wisdom and good judgment.

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BOSTON (AP) — GOP officials close to Scott Brown report that the former Republican senator is "leaning strongly toward running" in the special election to replace Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry.

They report that Brown is likely to enter the race early next week. The officials spoke Tuesday on the condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to share internal discussions.

Massachusetts made history Tuesday by electing its first woman to the US senate. WAMC Paul Tuthill reports.