Republican Scott Brown and Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen cast votes in New Hampshire as polls show a dead heat in race for Senate. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Scott Brown, a Republican who stunned Massachusetts Democrats in 2010 when he won the U.S. Senate seat that Edward Kennedy had held for half a century, is looking for another upset on Tuesday as he takes on Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire. Polls show a dead heat between Shaheen, a first-term senator and former governor, and Brown, who had been a little-known state legislator before his surprise 2010 victory. Turnout was unusually high for a midterm election, officials said, with Secretary of State Bill Gardner estimating it could top 50 percent, which would be a record for a non-presidential year. Brown lost his first re-election bid to Elizabeth Warren in 2012 and moved to New Hampshire early this year. He has sought to tie Shaheen closely to President Barack Obama, who is unpopular in this state, while Shaheen has depicted her rival as out of touch on women's issues. Polls have shown Brown, 55, closing in on Shaheen, 67, since he disclosed in March he was considering a run. A WMUR/University of New Hampshire poll released on Sunday showed the two in a statistical tie, with 49 percent of 757 likely voters saying they planned to vote for Shaheen and 48 percent for Brown. When asked who they thought would win the race, 55 percent bet on Shaheen, with just 30 percent predicting a Brown victory. Both parties see the seat as critical to taking a majority in the Senate, which Democrats now control. Brown had a moderate record in Massachusetts and has made some headway with Democratic voters in New Hampshire, polls show.