Scott Conroy | Former Sen. Bob Smith Enters N.H. Senate Race

After previously announcing that he would not run next year for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, former Sen. Bob Smith has reversed himself.

“I just can’t bear to sit on the sidelines and watch what is going on,” Smith, 72, told the New Hampshire Union-Leader. “I felt like I had a lot of fuel in the tank and changed my mind.”

His decision to reenter the fray is the latest wrinkle in a GOP primary field that remains unsettled, as national and statewide Republicans grow increasingly eager to begin what figures to be a challenging race against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in 2014.

Conservative activist Karen Testerman and former state Sen. Jim Reubens are the other declared GOP candidates already vying to take on the Democratic incumbent.

The big unknown on the Republican side remains whether former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown will throw his hat into the ring. Brown recently dropped a reference to the Bay State from his Twitter handle, and sources close to him say that he is mulling a run for either Granite State senator or for president in 2016.


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