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Sen. Kelly Ayotte Faces Tough Reelection Battle for Not Endorsing Trump

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By    |   Monday, 22 Aug 2016 11:26 AM

New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte is staying away from Donald Trump's presidential campaign, and that could hurt her chances for reelection, according to GOP strategists, reports The Washington Post.

Ayotte put her disagreements with Trump in the spotlight by saying she would vote for him, but would not endorse him. She is hoping her stand on Trump will show her independent streak, representing duty to her party over duty to its nominee, according to the Post.

According to a recent poll, 17 percent of voters in New Hampshire are undecided between Ayotte and her opponent, Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan, reports the Post, with some undecided conservatives have calling on her to drop support for Trump altogether.

"She's a fake," Concord resident Whit Symms said, according to the Post, after hearing her speak.

Gov. Maggie Hassan is running for Ayotte's Senate seat, and said, "She is standing with Donald Trump. I think she's just trying to distance herself from Donald Trump and mislead people on her own record.

"The fact that she's willing to vote for Donald Trump to put him in the Situation Room with access to nuclear codes tells you how much she puts political party ahead of anything else," Hassan said, reports the Post.

Outside groups have slammed Ayotte in advertisements. One ad from former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's super PAC asked, "If she's so independent, why is she still supporting Trump?"

The Post reported that Ayotte is planning to release an ad blasting those that have targeted her.

According to a CBS News poll, Ayotte's message appears to be getting through: 78 percent of New Hampshire voters believe that she is "a different kind of Republican" than Trump.

The Post reported that Ayotte has gotten support from Trump's campaign. At a New Hampshire rally, vice-presidential running mate Mike Pence criticized Hassan for defending Clinton, and said, "That's why we need Kelly Ayotte back in the U.S. Senate!"

Ayotte is one of four Republicans in the New England states' 33-member congressional delegation. Former Republican House member Christopher Shays said they are facing a difficult reelection battle, according to Valley News.

"Bottom line: I want them to win badly, it's just going to be so difficult," Shays said, adding that Trump "is a disaster for the Republican Party."

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