Kelly Ayotte Likely To Win Senate Seat In Ohio

Who Runs Gov reports KellyAyotte spent five years as New Hampshire‘s first female attorney general before stepping down in 2009 to run for the seat of retiring Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.).

The GOP primary was crowded, and Ayotte faced a stiff primary challenge from Tea Party-backed Ovide Lamontagne. But she pulled out a win to become the state’s Republican nominee on September 14, 2010, making her one of the only establishment Republicans to beat the Tea Party that night. Kornacki, Steve, Salon.com, “Tea Party Falls Just Short in New Hampshire,” September, 15, 2008(1)Kornacki, Steve, Salon.com, “Tea Party Falls Just Short in New Hampshire,” September, 15, 2008

Ayotte, a Nashua native, was endorsed by two major state newspapers as well as Sarah Palin, who named Ayotte one of her “Mama Grizzlies.” Collins, Lauren, NECN.com, “Sarah Palin endorses Kelly Ayotte’s Campaign via Facebook,” July 20, 2010(2)Collins, Lauren, NECN.com, “Sarah Palin endorses Kelly Ayotte’s Campaign via Facebook,” July 20, 2010

Married to an Iraq war veteran, Ayotte is a conservative’s dream.  As attorney general, she fought against gun bans while coming down hard on crime. She’s also against abortion rights and wants to cut taxes to stimulate the economy. WMUR New Hampshire, “Senate Candidates on the Issues: Commitment 2010,” 2010(3)

In Her Own Words: “There’s a failure of leadership in Washington. We need to get our fiscal house in order while working vigilantly to keep America safe.” WMUR New Hampshire, “Kelly Ayotte bio,” 2010(4)

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