Ayotte visits Washington

Former New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly AyotteKelly AyotteJuan Williams: GOP sounds the sirens over Trump McConnell quashes Senate effort on guns Republicans blast latest Gitmo transfer 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 McConnellJuan Williams: GOP sounds the sirens over Trump This week: Zika, Puerto Rico fights loom ahead of recess Trump flexes new digital muscle MORE (R-Ky.) and National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) Chairman John CornynJohn CornynThis week: Zika, Puerto Rico fights loom ahead of recess Juan Williams: GOP sounds the sirens over Trump Gun-control supporters plan next steps versus NRA 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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