Apr 26, 2016 1:28 PM

Steinhauser: Ayotte campaign beefs up operation in New Hampshire

NH1 News Political Director

CONCORD – If you needed more proof that New Hampshire’s blockbuster U.S. Senate race is getting even hotter, here it is: Republican incumbent Kelly Ayotte’s DC based communications director is moving north to the Granite State to take over communications for the senator’s re-election campaign.

Liz Johnson announced on Tuesday that “I'm transitioning full-time” to Ayotte’s campaign headquarters in Manchester. The move brings the Maine native quite a bit closer to home.

The race between Ayotte and Gov. Maggie Hassan, her Democratic challenger, is considered one of the most high profile, expensive and negative Senate contests in the country.

Ayotte also faces a primary challenge from former state Sen. Jim Rubens, who was also a 2014 GOP U.S. Senate candidate.

Johnson was Ayotte's Senate office press secretary before being promoted to communications director in late 2014.

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