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Washington (CNN) – Sen. Scott Brown was elected just two months ago, but the Massachusetts Republican is wasting little time preparing for what is expected to be a fight to hold onto his seat.
Brown will add to his $6 million war chest next week at his first Washington, DC fundraiser hosted by the law and government affairs firm Duane Morris. Daniel Winslow, a partner in the firm, is the legal counsel for Brown's Senate campaign committee.
Brown's win in the January special election to fill the late Sen. Edward Kennedy's seat was a major victory for the Republican Party. Psychologically, the GOP took over the seat of one of the most influential Democrats in Senate history; practically, Brown provided the crucial 41st vote to allow Republicans to maintain filibusters against Democratic legislation.
Right now, Brown is a superstar in the Republican Party, but there is a big bull's eye painted on his back. He represents a Democratic state and it is a guarantee that Democratic-aligned groups will spend heavily to try to take back Kennedy's seat in 2012.
For now, Brown has a pretty good head start when it comes to cash in the bank. Donations were flowing in at such a fast clip in the closing days of the special election campaign that he was unable to spend it. Good thing for him, Brown will need it when he runs for his own six-year term in 2012.