Former senator Scott Brown (R-Mass.) officially launched his Senate campaign in neighboring New Hampshire on Thursday night, and a new poll shows him narrowing the gap on Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.).

We asked voters in southern New Hampshire for their thoughts on Scott Brown, who on Thursday is expected to announce that he will run for Senate. (Jeff Simon/The Washington Post)


The WMUR Granite State Poll shows Shaheen leading Brown by 6 percentage points, 45 to 39 percent. In its last poll of the race, conducted in January, Shaheen led by 10, 47-37.

The close race belies the fact that Shaheen remains much better-liked in her home state than Brown is. While Shaheen is viewed favorably by 49 percent of New Hampshire voters and unfavorably by 35 percent, views of Brown are actually more negative than positive.

Thirty-nine percent have an unfavorable view of Brown, while 29 percent have a favorable one.

Brown's campaign set about trying to reverse that late Thursday, launching a new ad featuring Brown and his trademark truck.