Looking at own prospects, some Republicans avoid Cleveland


CLAREMONT, N.H. (AP) — As her fellow Republicans gathered in Cleveland, New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte was back home touting her work on a bipartisan bill intended to address opioid abuse.

There was no mention of Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton or the presidential campaign fracas that began with the opening gavel of the Republican National Convention Monday and will continue through next week when Democrats gather for their convention in Philadelphia.

“I do have a re-election in November,” Ayotte told reporters. “As far as I can tell, the voters are here, not in Ohio.”

The first-term senator is backing Trump but is careful to define her position as “support but not endorse.” She maintains that her absence from the Republican National Convention has nothing to do with her party’s presumptive nominee.

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