Poll: Scott Brown leads Massachusetts gubernatorial field

Brown leads every potential Democratic challenger by anywhere from four to 18 percentage points and comes out ahead of every Republican contender tested as well.

Most Democrats and Republicans have relatively low name identification in the state, however, so the landscape of the race could shift closer to the election when candidates begin to announce.

Brown, who was defeated by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) in 2012, hasn't been coy about his interest in both the Massachusetts gubernatorial race and the New Hampshire Senate race.

Though the latter looks less probable, as he'd have to contend with attacks on his Massachusetts residency, Brown has made five stops around the Granite State over the past two months, stoking speculation about a potential 2014 run.

This new poll could give him reason to forego a New Hampshire run in favor of a Massachusetts gubernatorial run, as a PPP poll of the New Hampshire landscape put him 11 percentage points behind Shaheen in a potential matchup.

The poll was conducted from May 1-2 among 1,539 Massachusetts voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.