Ayotte visits Washington

Former New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly AyotteKelly AyotteTrump ticket looms over vulnerable GOP senators The Hill's 12:30 Report Hassan gets personal in first Senate ad 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 McConnellDifferent playbooks for Ryan, McConnell in wild 2016 Five takeaways from Indiana Reid: Judiciary a 'rubber stamp' for Trump-McConnell MORE (R-Ky.) and National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) Chairman John CornynJohn CornynJudiciary Dems seek hearing on voting rights First US Zika death reported in Puerto Rico Senate confirms Obama's long-stalled ambassador to Mexico 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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