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Sen. Kelly Ayotte Buckling Under Backlash from Manchin-Toomey Vote

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Senators who opposed the bipartisan Manchin-Toomey bill for gun purchases are beginning to take some hits as they slip in popularity among their constituents.

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), one such Senator, is getting lots of negative press after she turned down an invitation from one constituent, Anne Lyczak, who lost her husband in a 1994 drive-by shooting in Portsmouth, N.H. Lyczack, who is “disappointed” by her Senator’s nay vote, invited Ayotte to her home for dinner in a letter last week in order to discuss ways to decrease gun violence during the Congressional recess. Ayotte declined.

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"I believe that expanding and strengthening our background check system, which has stopped more than two million attempted purchases by dangerous people since its inception in 1998, will save lives," wrote Lyczak in her letter to Ayotte. "And this is something that your constituents support -- 89 percent support going beyond the provisions of the Manchin-Toomey amendment to require a background check for every gun purchase."

Lyczack said she’d happily work around the Senator’s schedule to arrange the dinner, but Ayotte’s office said she’s already booked up and will keep the dinner under consideration for the future.

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Ayotte’s constituents also struck at the Senator during a town hall meeting earlier this week.

"You had mentioned that day the burden on owners of gun stores that the expanded background checks would harm. I am just wondering why the burden of my mother being gunned down in the halls of her elementary school isn't more important than that," said Erica Lafferty on Tuesday, daughter of slain Newtown principal Dawn Hochsprung.

According to the Huffington Post, Ayotte’s approval rating dropped 15 points after her nay vote against the Manchin-Toomey bill.

Sources: Huffington Post, Washington Post