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Scott Brown trails Jeanne Shaheen by 13 points

Would-be candidate Scott Brown would trail New Hampshire US Senator Jeanne Shaheen by double-digits, according to a new poll released today.

The former Massachusetts senator who moved his primary residence to New Hampshire late last year lags the Democratic incumbent by 13 points in a hypothetical November matchup, a Suffolk University/Boston Herald poll found.

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Shaheen takes 52 percent to Brown’s 39 percent among the 800 likely New Hampshire voters polled from Feb. 27 through March 5.

Brown has been flirting with a run in the Granite State for months, but has said he is still mulling whether to jump in. Local Republicans expect an April announcement one way or the other.

Forty-two percent of those polled have a unfavorable opinion of Brown, a Republican, while one-third have a favorable opinion of him. Thirty-seven percent have an unfavorable view of Shaheen, a Democrat, while 53 percent have a favorable view of her.

Today’s poll, which had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent, follows twopolls taken in January that found the New Hampshire US Senate race very close, with Brown within the margin of error in head-to-head matchups with the incumbent.

Brown, a lawyer and state legislator who won an upset US Senate victory in 2010, was unseated in 2012 by Elizabeth Warren. Shaheen, a former New Hampshire governor, won her first US Senate term in 2008.

Joshua Miller can be reached at joshua.miller@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jm_bos.
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