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In Senate primary, Telegraph, Leader endorse Brown
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(AP) — U.S. Senate hopeful Scott Brown picked up the endorsements of two newspapers in the state in his primary contest on Sunday while incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen got a boost from a longtime Republican.

The Nashua Telegraph and New Hampshire Union Leader published their endorsements Sunday, picking Brown over former state Sen. Jim Rubens and former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith.

The Telegraph said Brown will advance New Hampshire's interests in Washington, work across the partisan divide and is the most likely of the three to be able to defeat Shaheen in November.

"While serving in the Senate, Brown established himself as a moderate conservative with a common-sense approach to forming public policy," the paper wrote. "So while he voted with the Republican Party 80 percent of the time, he also took centrist stands on many issues."

The Union Leader called Brown candid and eager to engage in discussion. The paper admired his blue-collar roots and his 35 years of service in the National Guard.

"Scott Brown will make a solid, smart, and independent voice for New Hampshire in the U.S. Senate," the newspaper wrote.

Shaheen, the former governor who is running for a second term in the Senate, got the support of longtime Republican Griffin Dalianis on Sunday. Dalianis co-chaired Veterans for Mitt Romney in 2012 and Veterans for John McCain in 2008.

Dalianis said Shaheen has always put New Hampshire first and specifically praised her work on veterans' issues.

"Her unwavering support of those who have served strengthens my belief that she is the right choice for New Hampshire," he wrote in an opinion piece published in the Telegraph.

The primary is Sept. 9.

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