N.H. Sen. Kelly Ayotte's chances in N.H. for 2016
Senate Armed Services Committee member Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., gestures while speaking during a news conference on unemployment and military pension cuts, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais
Lesperance: Speculation about Kelly Ayotte as part of a presidential ticket peaked during the 2012 election cycle when Mitt Romney reportedly considered her as a VP choice on his ticket. She has emerged as a powerful voice in the Senate and is often associated with other Senate leaders like John McCain and Lindsey Graham. While there’s no evidence she’s interested in a presidential run now, she would likely do very well in New Hampshire if she did decide to toss her hat in the ring.
Boynton: Ayotte’s up for reelection in the Senate that year and is likely to be on the VP shortlist for the Republican nominee. Still, an Ayotte campaign makes her the de-facto frontrunner for the primary and the ultimate winner as a favorite daughter. Interestingly, a Brown or Ayotte campaign would practically make New Hampshire non-competitive as it was in 2012 with Romney. The real prize would be for second and third under such a scenario.
Burling: Ayotte will be the Republicans’ vice presidential candidate.
Scala: Nah, not going to happen. She’s prepping for re-election run. Will get plenty of running-mate talk in 2016.
Steever: While we would like to think New Hampshire would rally for its own home-grown candidate, Ayotte’s suffering approval rating since her vote on the Manchin-Toomey gun bill may make her claim to candidacy a close call.