Smith will attempt to return to the Senate from New Hampshire in 2014. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
A former senator said Sunday he will challenge Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., in 2014 — but it’s not the Republican some expected to hear from on the race.
Former Sen. Robert C. Smith, who served two terms before losing the GOP nomination in 2002, told WMUR that he has decided to run for his former seat. This is a change of heart from October, when Smith said he had decided against a bid.
Smith opted to run as most every other top Republican in the state, including former Reps. Charlie Bass and Jeb Bradley, decided against it.
For months, Republicans have been waiting for word from former Sen. Scott P. Brown, R-Mass., who has spent a considerable amount of time in the Granite State this year and is considering a challenge to Shaheen. He is still undecided, but Republicans in the state, including Sen. Kelly Ayotte, have said he would put the seat in play.