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Former Sen. Bob Smith to formally announce run for Senate March 4

CONCORD — Former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith, R-NH, will formally announce on March 4 he is running to reclaim the Senate seat he lost more than a decade ago.

Smith will hold a press conference at the state Legislative Office Building to announce his candidacy. Smith said in December he would re-establish New Hampshire residency and seek the nomination to oppose Democratic incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

Smith had been a resident of Florida, where he was involved in real estate investments.

Smith was a U.S. Representative for three terms in the late 1980s, and was elected to the Senate in 1990 to replace the retiring Sen. Gordon Humphrey.

After winning reelection in 1996, Smith was defeated in the 2002 Republican primary by John E. Sununu, who beat Shaheen that November.

In an interview last December, Smith said he decided to run after discussing the race with family members over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Former state Sen. Jim Rubens and political activist Karen Testerman have previously announced. There has been speculation that former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., a Rye resident, was interested in running for the seat. Brown has given no clear indication his intentions.

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