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WaPo Apparently Thinks Kelly Ayotte Is The Governor Of New Hampshire

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The Washington Post apparently thinks GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte is the current governor of New Hampshire.

In an article outlining 35 vice-presidential possibilities for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, Ayotte is listed at the top, right-hand side of the page in a graphic as being the governor of New Hampshire.

Screengrab of WaPo article.

WaPo article incorrectly lists GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte as the governor of New Hampshire. (Screengrab/The Washington Post)

While Ayotte is in fact a junior Senator from New Hampshire, she has never served as governor. She has never even run for governor. This year, she simply trying to keep her seat in the Senate for the 2016 election.

In the past, however, Ayotte has served in New Hampshire as prosecutor for the state’s Department of Justice. She was also the state’s first female attorney general. New Hampshire hasn’t had a Republican governor in more than 10 years. Craig Benson, the last Republican governor in New Hampshire, ended his term on January 6, 2005.

The reason she left her position in 2009 was for the purpose of running for Senate, where she won in September 2010 in the Republican primary and moved on to eliminate Democratic congressman Paul Hodes in the general. She became a U.S. Senator on January 3, 2011.

The Washington Post did not respond to a request for comment by press time.

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