- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, a frontrunner since he announced his bid in April, glided to an easy win Tuesday in the Republican primary for Senate in neighboring New Hampshire.

Mr. Brown was one of 10 candidates on the Republican ballot seeking to challenge first-term Democratic incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in November. That race is among those expected to decide control of the Senate for the final two years of President Barack Obama’s term.

Mr. Brown won a special election in 2010 in Massachusetts to finish the term of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, but he lost his bid for a full term two years later to Democrat Elizabeth Warren. Late last year, he moved to New Hampshire and won praise for not taking this primary campaign for granted.

Meanwhile, to the south, northern Delaware businessman Kevin Wade won the state’s Republican primary for U.S. Senate.

Mr. Wade’s easy victory over 81-year-old Carl Smink on Tuesday advances him to a November contest against incumbent Democrat Christopher A. Coons.

Mr. Wade is making his second Senate bid, having lost a 2012 race to incumbent Democrat Thomas R. Carper, Delaware’s senior senator, with 29 percent of the vote.

As he was against Mr. Carper, Mr. Wade will be a decided underdog against Mr. Coons, who won a 2010 special election against tea party favorite Christine O’Donnell to fill the seat vacated by Joe Biden when he became vice president.

Mr. Coons had $3.1 million in the bank at the end of June. Mr. Wade, who didn’t enter the race until early July, has raised only a few thousand dollars.

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