A former attorney general of New Hampshire is disputing President Trump's claim that voter fraud in the state cost former Sen. Kelly AyotteKelly AyotteLewandowski saw no evidence of voter fraud in New Hampshire NH governor 'not aware’ of major voter fraud Former NH AG: 'Allegations of voter fraud in NH are baseless' MORE (R) her seat in the 2016 election.
Trump has insisted since the November elections, without presenting any evidence, that he only lost the popular vote because millions of votes were illegally cast. But Trump expanded that unproven charge last week during a closed-door meeting with a group of senators, arguing that both he and Ayotte should have won the vote in New Hampshire, according to Politico.
"Let me as be unequivocal as possible-allegations of voter fraud in NH are baseless, without any merit-it's shameful to spread these fantasies," tweeted Tom Rath, a prominent New Hampshire Republican who worked on the presidential campaigns of former President George W. Bush and 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
Let me as be unequivocal as possible-allegations of voter fraud in NH are baseless,without any merit-it's shameful to spread these fantasies— Tom Rath (@polguru) February 12, 2017
Ayotte was defeated by Democrat Sen. Maggie Hassan by a slim margin in New Hampshire. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonFive big Trump narratives to watch NBC: Russia setting up dossier on Trump Chelsea Clinton attends Muslim solidarity rally in NYC MORE won the state's four electoral votes.
Last month, the president said he would ask for a "major investigation" into voter fraud, including cases of people legally registered to vote in multiple states and deceased people who have not been taken off state voting rolls. Notably, one of the president's children and several of his advisers are themselves registered in multiple states.