Kelly Ayotte, the frontrunner in New Hampshire’s Republican Senate primary and a Sarah Palin-approved “Mama Grizzly,” has two new TV ads out touting her record as a tough-on-crime state attorney general. The new spots — one 60 seconds long, the other 30 seconds — tell the story of Mike Briggs, a police officer shot and killed in the line of duty. It was Kelly Ayotte, the ads say, who brought Briggs’s killer to justice by seeking the death penalty.Detective Nick Willard, who investigated the Briggs murder, is featured prominently in the ads. “There hasn’t been an attorney general in my 21 years who has been more respected by law enforcement than Kelly Ayotte,” Willard says.
The TPM Poll Average of the primary shows Ayotte more than 20 points ahead of her Republican rivals, and the TPM Poll Average of the general election shows her leading Democratic Rep. Paul Hodes 47.2%-37.9%. The GOP primary is September 14.
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