Ayotte visits Washington

Former New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly AyotteKelly AyotteTim Kaine backs call to boost funding for Israeli missile defense Clinton brings in the heavy hitters Kasich doesn't regret skipping convention MORE (R) is in Washington today as she cues up a run for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.).

The Hill's Walter Alarkon saw Ayotte walking with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellProgressive group changes tone on Kaine Trump hits Kaine on TPP: He supports a 'job killer' Clinton maps out first 100 days MORE (R-Ky.) and National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) Chairman John CornynJohn CornynGOP senators to donors: Stick with us regardless of Trump Hopes dim for mental health deal Overnight Finance: Senate punts on Zika funding | House panel clears final spending bill | Biz groups press Treasury on tax rules | Obama trade rep confident Pacific deal passes this year MORE (R-Texas) this afternoon.

A source said she is "introducing herself to Senators, committee staff and others as part of the exploration process."

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