Friday October 26, 2012 | 04:16 PM

WASHINGTON -- Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe is hitting the campaign trail with Sen. Scott Brown to help the Massachusetts Republican in his tight race.

Snowe, who is retiring next year, will attend a "Women for Brown" lunceon meet and greet with Brown at a Peabody pizza shop. Brown surprised many people when the Republican was elected to serve out the term of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, a Massachusetts icon and liberal stalwart.

Brown is a moderate Republican who, like Snowe and Maine Susan Collins, has shown a willingness to cross party lines on major issues. Collins has also endorsed Brown.

Brown's campaign has even featured footage of President Obama praising him in its advertising. But recent polls have shown Brown trailing his Democratic opponent, Elizabeth Warren, by anywhere from 2 percent to 9 percent.

Although Snowe is helping Brown in Massachusetts, she has yet to get heavily involved in the race to fill her own seat. Snowe has verbally endorsed Republican Charlie Summers -- a former staffer in her office -- but has not campaigned with him or donated to his campaign due to apparent lingering tensions over Summers' failure to endorse her in the primary before she halted her campaign.

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