KELLY'S DATE. Kelly Ayotte will formally announce her candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat Oct. 24 in Nashua. The campaign is working on a venue, possibly a local school.
So far, there is no indication that our report last week that she raised $613,000 in the third quarter has any potential candidates thinking of exiting the race.
Jim Merrill, adviser to potential candidate Ovide Lamontagne, said, "Her numbers didn't change any thinking whatsoever or Ovide's intention to continue to explore a candidacy.
"It was the bare minimum of what she had to do," Merrill said. "Ovide's effort hasn't been affected in any way."He attended GOP meetings last night in Laconia and on Tuesday night in Bedford.
October 15, 2009