Voter Fraud in New Hampshire? Trump Has No Proof and Many Skeptics

Katharine Q. Seelye, writing in the New York Times:

During a closed-door meeting with a bipartisan group of senators last week, President Trump said he would have won New Hampshire in November if not for thousands of people who he says, without any evidence, were bused in from Massachusetts and voted illegally.

He said the same was true of former Senator Kelly Ayotte, a New Hampshire Republican, who was seeking re-election and lost the state by an even narrower margin than Mr. Trump. Ms. Ayotte is shepherding Mr. Trump’s Supreme Court pick, Neil M. Gorsuch, through the confirmation process, which was the subject of the meeting.

But is there any truth to the president’s assertion, which was first reported by Politico? Lots of prominent Republicans in New Hampshire say it is absurd, one even offering cash to anyone who can produce evidence of a single out-of-state voter.

What is the context for this claim?

Mr. Trump has claimed falsely many times, starting with a Twitter message in November, that he would have won the popular vote if not for the “millions” of undocumented immigrants who voted against him. He has alleged “serious voter fraud” in Virginia, California and New Hampshire. But his remarks last week appear to be the first time as a sitting president that he has claimed the vote in a specific state was fraudulent.

And on Sunday, Stephen Miller, a senior adviser to Mr. Trump, said on ABC’s “This Week”: “I can tell you that this issue of busing voters in to New Hampshire is widely known by anyone who’s worked in New Hampshire politics. It’s very real, it’s very serious. This morning on this show is not the venue for me to lay out all the evidence.” To that, Mr. Trump sent out a message on Twitter saying, “Great job!”

What is their evidence?

Neither Mr. Trump nor Mr. Miller has produced any evidence.

Has anyone outside Mr. Trump’s circle made the same allegation or offered evidence to back it up?

No.

What do state officials say?

While election officials have unearthed isolated instances of voter fraud or people voting improperly in New Hampshire, neither the secretary of state nor the attorney general has found any evidence of fraud on the scale alleged by Mr. Trump.

The Boston Globe reported that the secretary of state, William Gardner, was told on Election Day that the parking lot of a busy precinct was filled with cars with Massachusetts license plates, but when he arrived, he found that the cars belonged to people who were campaigning, not trying to vote.

Much more here.

Warning signs for the GOP in New Hampshire

Via The Washington Post:

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) is eight points behind her Democratic rival, Gov. Maggie Hassan, in a race that could determine whether Republicans will retain control of the Senate, according to a poll from WMUR and the University of New Hampshire released Thursday.

The poll, which was conducted between Oct. 11 and 17, shows 38 percent of respondents would vote for Ayotte if the election were held today, compared with 46 percent for Hassan. Ayotte’s favorability rating also dropped to 39 percent, down from 47 percent in February. Her sharp decline in support is the latest sign that the unpopularity of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump could put Republican control in Congress in serious jeopardy.

Trump is trailing Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by 15 points in New Hampshire, according to a WMUR poll released Wednesday. That poll, which was conducted during the same time frame as the Senate survey, showed voters locking in their decisions with 71 percent of voters saying they have “definitely decided” who they will choose on Election Day.

Ayotte is one of a half dozen vulnerable GOP senators up for reelection in 2016 but her high popularity in New Hampshire has kept the race at a near tie for weeks. Clinton has led Trump in the state for months with little impact on support for Ayotte. But Ayotte has been caught in a firestorm of controversy in recent weeks as she has struggled to respond to the release of the 2005 tape of Trump talking about kissing and grabbing women without their permission and accusations that he sexually harassed and abused women.

In a debate held days after the tape was leaked Ayotte said Trump was “absolutely” a role model, a comment she later walked back. Later she announced that she would no longer be voting for Trump and would write in a vote for his running mate, Mike Pence.

Democrats seized on the debate gaffe with a series of ads attacking Ayotte for backing Trump. One such ad, from the Pro-Clinton group Priorities USA, accused Ayotte of “running away [from Trump] to save her political career.”

“New Hampshire voters see clearly that everything’s a political calculation with Kelly Ayotte, from her calculated move to retract her support for Donald Trump after reiterating her support for him more than 35 times to her voting record that favors the special interests who fund her campaign,” said Hassan Communications Director Aaron Jacobs in response to the latest poll.

More here.

Santorum: same sex marriage equals polygamy

Rick Stantorum, speaking to a group of New Hampshire college students today, equated same sex marriage with polygamy.

A real class act. Hopefully he will continue to do well in the republican primaries.

By the way, I suggest that if you are easily offended, you not do a Google search for “santorum” and then click the first link.

Political quote of the day

What I love about New Hampshire and what we have in common is our extreme love for liberty.  You’re the state where the shot was heard around the world in Lexington and Concord. And you put a marker in the ground and paid with the blood of your ancestors the very first price that had to be paid to make this the most magnificent nation that has ever arisen in the annals of man in 5,000 years of recorded history.

Michelle Bachmann, Presidential hopeful, speaking to an audience in New Hampshire (note: New Hampshire, not Massachusetts).  One almost begins to pity the GOP for having such members in its midst. On the other hand, it is the Tea Party that claims to want to return to the intention of the founders. One wonders what they know about the founders of this country.