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Kelly Ayotte Endorses Scott Brown For Senate

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2010 file photo, then-New Hampshire Republican Senate candidate Kelly Ayotte, left, gets help from Se
FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2010 file photo, then-New Hampshire Republican Senate candidate Kelly Ayotte, left, gets help from Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., in Concord, N.H. The Republican resurgence that swept so much of the country blew with less gusto in most of the Northeast. Democrats largely held firm, particularly in New England, against the anti-incumbent, GOP tide that was so strong in places like the Rust Belt and South. Republicans did make serious gains in sprawling New York and Pennsylvania, a traditional swing state. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), who's running to be the junior senator from nearby New Hampshire, received an endorsement from current Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) on Tuesday.

Ayotte's endorsement comes weeks after she voted for a bipartisan energy efficiency bill spearheaded by Shaheen and Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), despite a call from Brown, who opposed the bill.

Ayotte, along with former New Hampshire GOP Governors Craig Benson and Steve Merrill, endorsed Brown at a campaign event at Norton's Classic Cafe in Nashua, New Hampshire.

Lizzy Guyton, Brown's communications director, tweeted a picture of Ayotte making the endorsement:

Brown tweeted he was "honored" by the endorsement:

Though Brown is a Massachusetts native, he's now a full time New Hampshire resident. Ayotte also endorsed Brown in 2012, when he was defeated by now-Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

The former member of the U.S. Army National Guard is running against incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.). Recent polls give her an average lead of about 8 points.

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