Ayotte Pledges to Support Trump, But Won't Endorse Him

May 5, 2016

Kelly Ayotte
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Republican U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte says she plans to support Donald Trump, but stopped short of endorsing her party's apparent presidential nominee.

With Trump's two remaining Republican opponents out of the race following his win in Indiana Tuesday, he is now assured of the nomination.

Ayotte has consistently said she would support the Republican nominee, and while she confirmed that position yesterday, her spokesman added that as a candidate, she doesn't plan to endorse anyone.

Ayotte has been critical of some of Trump's positions, including his proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the country.

Ayotte is among a group of Republican Senators up for re-election this fall who will now share a ticket with the real estate mogul.

Democratic Governor Maggie Hassan is challenging Ayotte's re-election bid.