Trump Dragging Down Kelly Ayotte in New Hampshire

Both past and present New Hampshire senators feel the effect of having Trump as Republican nominee.

I just want share some news out of the Granite State. The Hill reports that a certain Republican ex-Senator from New Hampshire is a bit vituperative in his opposition to Donald Trump becoming our next president.

Former Sen. Gordon Humphrey (R-N.H.) said he’s considering voting for Hillary Clinton over “sociopath” Donald Trump.

Humphrey, who served in Congress from the ‘70s to 1990, told NBC News he is confident that Trump has major psychological issues, and said that the prospect of Trump becoming the commander in chief is “frightening.”
“I am ever more confirmed in my belief that Trump is a sociopath, without a conscience or feelings of guilt, shame or remorse. And he is pathologically insecure, recklessly attacking anyone who does not confirm him as the best there is,” he wrote in an email to the news network.

“To imagine Trump in charge of our armed forces at a moment of crisis is frightening,” Humphrey added.

It’s not the first time he’s leveled the accusation at the GOP nominee, telling the New Hampshire Union Leader in May, “Unequivocally, I am not supporting Donald Trump. I think he’s a sociopath.”

But on Thursday, he said he may vote for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton; he supported Ohio Gov. John Kasich in the Republican primary.

“I would only vote for Hillary in the event of a very close contest,” Humphrey said.

“Meantime, I’m hoping the Republican leadership, at long, long last will show the courage and principal to denounce Trump and to demand he renounce the nomination or face a reconvening of the convention.”

Now, you might think this is just one dude and it doesn’t really augur much for how the election will go up in Live-Free-Or-Die country, but that’s not the case. The latest poll out of New Hampshire has Clinton leading 47 percent to 32 percent in a two-way race. When they gave Jill Stein and Gary Johnson as options, Clinton’s lead went from 15 points to 17 points.

As for the Kelly Ayotte, a current Republican senator representing New Hampshire who is up for reelection, the poll shows her trailing Governor Maggie Hassan 40 percent to 50 percent.

Martin Longman

Martin Longman is the web editor for the Washington Monthly and the main blogger at Booman Tribune.