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Ayotte will support, but won’t endorse, Donald Trump

Senator Kelly Ayotte.
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Senator Kelly Ayotte.

One of the more vulnerable Senate Republicans — New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte — will support likely Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, but won’t endorse him.

Liz Johnson, a spokeswoman for the senator, said in a statement Wednesday that Ayotte ‘‘plans to support the nominee.’’

Ayotte is locked in a tight race with New Hampshire Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan. Johnson said that Ayotte, who is a candidate, ‘‘hasn’t and isn’t planning to endorse anyone this cycle.’’

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Republicans hold a 54-46 advantage in the Senate, but with more GOP seats on the ballot in November, they are fighting to hold onto their majority.