[Wednesday], her campaign office released a statement saying Ayotte will support Donald Trump, who became the presumptive Republican nominee Tuesday night with Sen. Ted Cruz's departure from the Republican primary race. "As she's said from the beginning, Kelly plans to support the nominee. As a candidate herself, she hasn't and isn't planning to endorse anyone this cycle," said Liz Johnson, communications director for Kelly for New Hampshire. Johnson said the senator is not endorsing Trump.
A raft of GOP senators standing for reelection in blue or purple states are going to find that they are in a very uncomfortable situation thanks to a trap Majority Leader Mitch McConnell inadvertently set for them. The problem is Merrick Garland, the relatively moderate circuit court judge Barack Obama named as his preferred replacement for Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. Republicans won't hold a vote on his nomination -- they won't even hold a hearing -- on the theory that it's inappropriate to fill a Supreme Court vacancy in an election year. That was a principle that served its purpose when it was first laid down but now serves another purpose entirely -- directly linking every Senate election in the land to the presidential race.