He. Just. Can’t. Let. It. Go.
President Trump apparently went back into “voter fraud” mode yesterday during a bipartisan meeting of U.S. Senators meant to shore up support for Trump’s nominee for SCOTUS, Judge Neil Gorsuch.
Reporters were allowed in the room, but it was after the journalists were escorted out that Trump went on another rant saying he’d have won the popular vote in the presidential election if not for fraud.
As soon as the door closed and the reporters allowed to observe for a few minutes had been ushered out, Trump began to talk about the election, participants said, triggered by the presence of former New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, who lost her reelection bid in November and is now working for Trump as a Capitol Hill liaison, or “Sherpa,” on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch.
The president claimed that he and Ayotte both would have been victorious in the Granite State if not for the “thousands” of people who were “brought in on buses” from neighboring Massachusetts to “illegally” vote in New Hampshire.
According to one participant who described the meeting, “an uncomfortable silence” momentarily overtook the room.
Trump also teased Ayotte by saying, “You’d have won if you’d been on my train.”
Democratic White House hopeful Hillary Clinton gets more good news in the polls from two swing states, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire.
Among likely voters in Pennsylvania, Hillary tops Donald Trump by 11 points 49%/38% according to the latest Franklin and Marshall poll.
Most pundits on both sides of the political spectrum say Trump really needs the Keystone State to win the presidency.
In New Hampshire, the new WBUR poll gives the former Secretary of State a whopping 17 point lead on the Trumpster – 51% to 34%.
The Democratic Rapid Response team was ready for Donald Trump’s big night last night in New Hampshire with this clip which depicts Donald Trump as THE GODFATHER’s “Vito Corleone” – “the candidate nobody can refuse” who will “do anything to win” and to whom “all must pay their respects.”
Good night for Sen. Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire’s Democratic primary, while Donald Trump crushed over on the Republican side.
Biggest loser of the night has to go to Sen. Marco Rubio who came out of Iowa caucuses with a strong 3rd place showing. But his admittedly weak debate performance on Saturday (just days before the primary in NH) affected his supporters. Rubio eked out a 5th place finish last night.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will announce this afternoon that he’s leaving the race.
From the New York Daily News:
Clueless New Hampshire voters handed billionaire bore Donald Trump a “yuge” victory in the first-in-the nation primary Tuesday, providing the mad mogul with a new round of ammo a week after a disappointing second-place finish in Iowa.
More than three in 10 Granite State voters flocked to the foul-mouthed contender, throwing their support to him at levels beyond what the polls had predicted — a day after he referred to a Republican challenger Ted Cruz as a “pussy.”
Coming in second place in the primary was Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who was declared the official silver-medalist with about 16% of the vote.
Trailing Kasich was a pack of establishment candidates including Texas Sen. Cruz, with 11.6%, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, with 11% and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, with 10.5%.
Chris Christie, who had campaigned heavily in New Hampshire, got only 7.5% support, returns showed, prompting the outspoken governor to say that he would “go home to New Jersey” on Wednesday to “take a deep breath,” leading many to believe he was on the verge of dropping out of the race.
During a New Hampshire campaign stop at the Puritan Backroom Diner last night, Senator Marco Rubio didn’t get the reception he was hoping for when a middle-aged gay man asked, “Why do you want to put me back in the closet?”
Rubio’s answer was not convincing: “I don’t, you can live any way you want.”
From the New York Times:
The voter, who identified himself as Timothy Kierstead, was seated at a table with his mother and his husband when Mr. Rubio walked up behind him, according to pool reports of the encounter. During a brief conversation, Mr. Kierstead, 50, told Mr. Rubio that he was married but complained that the senator’s position amounted to him declaring that “we don’t matter.”
Mr. Rubio, who was standing with his youngest son, Dominick, 8, by his side, gently disagreed. “No, I just believe marriage is between one man and one woman.”
“Well,” replied Mr. Kierstead, “that’s your belief.”
Mr. Rubio continued: “I think that’s what the law should be. And if you don’t agree you should have the law changed by a legislature.”
Mr. Kierstead said the law had already been changed, referring either to a Supreme Court ruling that has legalized same-sex marriage across the country or to state legislation in New Hampshire that did the same.
Mr. Rubio decided to conclude their conversation. “I respect your view,” he said, patting Mr. Kierstead on the shoulder and starting to walk away.
Mr. Kierstead was unsatisfied. “Typical politician,” he said loudly. “Walk away.”
New Hampshire was actually the first state to freely legislate marriage equality.
Fox News accidentally jumped the gun with a ready-made graphic showing Donald Trump winning the New Hampshire primary – at noon with the polls still open. Click the image above to enlarge.
It seems Fox was looking to predict a Trump win with 28%, followed by Sen. Marco Rubio at 12% and Sen. Ted Cruz at 11%.
Fox News issued this “oopsie” after the graphic was taken down:
“During routine testing in preparation for the New Hampshire primary a malfunction occurred which briefly showed errant data on our website,” Fox News Chief Digital Officer Jeff Misenti said in a statement. “This error has been rectified. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.”
Day 6 of the 7News/UMass Lowell New Hampshire Tracking poll shows not much movement.
Hillary Clinton has narrowed the gap quite a bit this week. She started down 31 points this week but has closed that to a 14 point deficit. But I don’t see her closing the deal by Tuesday’s primary. Another tracking poll showed her down 12 points.
Bernie Sanders stayed steady at 55 percent, and Hillary Clinton gained a point. She now has 41 percent.
The tracking poll shows Sanders has stopped his downward trend.
As for Hillary Clinton, she’s still ticking upwards, but now at slower pace.
On the Republican side, Donald Trump went up a point to 35 percent.
Marco Rubio lost a point, and now has 14.
Ted Cruz also lost a point. He has 13 and remains in third.
Jeb Bush and John Kasich both gained two points, and both have ten.
Chris Christie went down one to four percent.
Ben Carson is also down one with three percent, and Carly Fiorina is also at three.
The 7News/UMass Lowell New Hampshire tracking poll shows progress for Republican Sen. Marco Rubio and Democratic former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The daily poll shows Rubio gaining 3 points while front-runner Donald Trump dropped 2 points overnight.
Here’s where the Republicans stand:
Over on the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton rises 4 points while Sen. Bernie Sanders drops 3 points.
With five days before the first in the nation primary, it’ll be interesting to see how much ground the underdogs in the Granite State might make up.
Will Trump’s peeps really show up and vote for him? He’s admitted he knew nothing about “ground game” in Iowa – will that change in New Hampshire?
I’ve said before that with Sanders practically in his backyard, and with such a commanding lead, a second place finish by Hillary in single digits would register as an achievement.
According to the new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll, the races for presidential hopefuls in Iowa and New Hampshire are getting tighter.
The poll addressed both Likely and Potential voters
Among likely Republican caucus-goers in Iowa:
Sen. Ted Cruz 28%
Donald Trump 24%
Sen. Marco Rubio 13%
Ben Carson 11%
The rest, who cares…
Among potential Republican caucus-goers in Iowa (larger group of possible voters):
Donald Trump 26%
Sen. Ted Cruz 24%
Sen. Marco Rubio 13%
Ben Carson 11%
Among likely Democratic caucus-goers in Iowa:
Hillary Clinton 48%
Sen. Bernie Sanders 45%
Martin O’Malley 5%
Among potential Democratic caucus-goers in Iowa:
Hillary Clinton 49%
Sen. Bernie Sanders 43%
Martin O’Malley 4%
Among likely Republican caucus-goers in New Hampshire:
Donald Trump 30%
Sen. Marco Rubio 14%
Gov. Chris Christie 12%
Sen. Ted Cruz 10%
Gov. John Kasich 9%
Gov. Jeb Bush 9%
Among potential Republican caucus-goers in New Hampshire, the numbers are unchanged for these candidates.
Among likely Democratic caucus-goers in New Hampshire:
Sen. Bernie Sanders 50%
Hillary Clinton 46%
Martin O’Malley 1%
Among potential Democratic caucus-goers in New Hampshire:
Sen. Bernie Sanders 50%
Hillary Clinton 44%
Martin O’Malley 4%