Former Rep. Chris Shays (R-Conn.) will run for the Senate, according to Greenwich Time, a local newspaper.

Shays, who had sold his home in Connecticut and moved to Maryland after he was defeated by Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) in 2008, has moved back to the Nutmeg State with his wife Betsi, and recently re-registered to vote in the state.

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"Betsi and I [are] excited to be back in Connecticut," Shays told the newspaper. "These are all the steps that I am taking so that I can have the opportunity to run for Senate. I hope to be on the ballot next November."

The seat will be open: Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) has decide to retire. The state is strongly Democratic and has not had a Republican senator since 1988, although centrist Republicans have run well there and the state had a Republican governor from 2004 through 2010.

Shays will likely face former World Wrestling Emporium CEO Linda McMahon, who lost a 2010 Senate race, in a Republican primary. McMahon spent $50 million on that race only to lose to now-Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) by a 12-point margin.

The Democratic field is as yet unsettled. Candidates include former Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz, Rep. Chris MurphyChris MurphyDem senator goes on tweet storm over leaked ObamaCare repeal plan A guide to the committees: Senate Senators eye new sanctions against Iran MORE (D-Conn.) and state Rep. William Tong.