Republicans in New Hampshire say former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) is running out of time to demonstrate he’s serious about a potential 2014 challenge to Sen. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenDefense bill includes 3,500 more visas for Afghans who helped US troops Overnight Finance: Day three of tax bill markup | Ryan says election results raise pressure for tax reform | Tax whip list - Where Republicans stand | Justice, AT&T spar over CNN sale | 25 Dems vow to block spending without Dream Act Russia crackdown survives NDAA conference MORE (D).

“New Hampshire Republicans are not quite desperate, but the hour is getting late,” Fergus Cullen, former chairman of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee,  told The Hill.

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Brown, who lost his Massachusetts seat to Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBipartisan group of lawmakers aim to reform US sugar program Schumer: Dems want DACA fix in government spending bill The Hill interview — DNC chief: I came here to win elections MORE (D-Mass.) in 2012, has been stoking speculation about a potential Senate campaign in the Granite State for months.

He’s made repeated visits to New Hampshire and put his home in Wrentham, Mass., up for sale.

He also recently launched a new super-PAC in the state to help candidates in the 2014 

races and contributed $10,000 to the state GOP.

The efforts have enhanced Brown’s popularity with state party activists. And the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) is also urging Brown to jump in the race.

But despite the churning rumor mill, New Hampshire Republicans say there’s been little solid evidence that Brown is ready to commit to a campaign.

“I haven’t heard from anyone who’s received a phone call from him,” Cullen said.

“People are waiting to see if he’s actually serious about [running] or not,” said Ryan Williams, the state party’s spokesman.

Indeed, GOP activists have been confused by Brown’s overtures toward Republicans in New Hampshire, where he owns a vacation home.

He has made campaign stops for low-level, underdog candidates in unwinnable races and has left the impression he fits events into his schedule as he pleases rather than according to a grand plan.

“Everything he’s done has been fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants. He’s accepted invitations without a rhyme or reason or without any clear strategy,” Cullen said.

According to a report in The Boston Globe, NRSC Chairman Jerry MoranGerald (Jerry) MoranAn unlikely bipartisan solution on energy and taxes Alexander struggles to find health-care breakthrough Overnight Tech: House Intel to release Russian Facebook ads | Trump tweet on NBC draws backlash | Senators want answers from alleged robocall king | Twitter reverses on Blackburn ad MORE (R-Kan.) and Vice Chairman Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanSenate GOP reveals different approach on tax reform GOP senators: Moore should step aside if allegations true Senate set for clash with House on tax bill MORE (R-Ohio) have both pressed Brown to get in the race.

“I don’t think Scott Brown is just fooling around,” Moran said.

Shaheen poses a significant challenge for the GOP, despite the party’s view that she is vulnerable.

A former governor who defeated Republican Sen. John Sununu in 2008, Shaheen already has nearly $3 million cash on hand for her reelection campaign.  A Public Policy Polling survey in September found her with a 51 percent approval rating.

The two current Republican contenders, former state Sen. Jim Rubens and conservative activist Karen Testerman, aren’t considered top-tier candidates.

And two top Republican prospects for the race — state Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley and former Rep. Charlie Bass — have decided against running.

Brown could be the GOP’s last best hope. He’d enter the Republican primary with strong name recognition and easy access to cash.  The PPP survey found Brown trailing Shaheen by 4 percentage points in a hypothetical race.

One national Democrat said the party “would take Scott Brown seriously.”

One New Hampshire Republican operative said Brown has built strong relationships with party activists with his repeated visits.

“Being receptive and responsive is kind of the New Hampshire way, and I think people like him doing that up here,” the operative said.

But with less than a year until Election Day, impatience is growing.

The conservative New Hampshire Union-Leader last month urged Brown to “stop flirting with” the state.

“Despite the curious way he’s going about this, most people — including me — continue to be pretty interested in Scott Brown,” Cullen said.

“It is time, though, if he were serious about it, to kind of get serious about it and start running.”