Some Vulnerable Senators Suggest They’ll Skip GOP Convention

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Some Republican senators facing tough re-election fights this year are thinking about skipping July’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland, CNN reported Tuesday.

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) said it was “unlikely” she would attend the convention.

“I’ve got a lot of work to do in New Hampshire, I have my own re-election and I’m going to be focusing on my voters in New Hampshire,” she added, according to CNN.

When explaining why he might avoid the event, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) told the news outlet that he was more “more valuable outside of Cleveland than inside of Cleveland.”

Anonymous GOP aides told CNN that Republican lawmakers up for re-election were better off hosting events in their home states and districts than being associated with the GOP convention, which could get messy in the event of a brokered convention.

One person who definitely won’t be in attendance? Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Bush, who tried and failed to take GOP frontrunner Donald Trump down this election cycle, also said “no” when CNN asked if he would be attending the convention.

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Tierney Sneed is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked for U.S. News and World Report. She grew up in Florida and attended Georgetown University.

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