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Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) plots senatorial run in New Hampsire

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Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), defeated for a full term in 2012 by ultra-liberal Elizabeth Warren, said Friday he has formed a committee to explore running for U.S. Senate in his new home state, New Hampshire.

If he runs, he’ll challenge first-term incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen.

Following his announcement, Brown called notified executives at Fox News Channel to resign from his guest commentator position. Fox promptly issued a statement explaining the decision to terminate its relationship with Brown, who signed a contract just a month ago to serve as a paid political analyst.

Fox’s executive vice president of programming, Bill Shine, said Brown's decision “of his intention to form an exploratory committee to run for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire," automatically disqualified him to remain as a “fair and balanced” commentator.

Brown’s announcement now provides yet another state in play for an additional Republican senate seat. Republicans are already mounting serious challenges to Democratic incumbents in nine states, and lead in three other states where Democrats are retiring, The Washington Post reported.

Republican encouragement came quickly:

Republican Senate colleagues cheered the prospect of his return to Washington.

Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain told ABC News, "I'm always a great admirer of Scott. He’s a great friend and I hope he runs."

"He’s an outstanding candidate. I loved serving with him while he was here. He's a guy that needs to be in public service,” said Republican Tennessee Senator Bob Corker to ABC News.

This would be Brown’s third run for U.S. senator. He won the 2010 special election to replace the late Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, but he was beat in his first re-election test against Elizabeth Warren in 2012.

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