Free Beacon: Hassan’s Hillary Endorsement Fails to Move Needle
New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan’s early endorsement of Hillary Clinton did little to sway Democratic primary voters who overwhelmingly supported insurgent socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders.
The Vermont senator trounced Clinton in the Tuesday primary vote, winning 60 percent of the vote. Sanders managed to beat Clinton in nearly every voter demographic with the exception of women older than 65 and people making more than $200,000 a year. The surprise 22-point victory puts Hassan at odds with the base of voters she needs to defeat freshman Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte in November.
Republican activists said that the stunning defeat could open up a rift between Hassan and her fellow party members. Colin Reed, executive director of the conservative America Rising PAC, said that turnout would matter in what is considered one of the most competitive races of the cycle.
“Governor Hassan’s inability to rally Granite State Democrats is frankly embarrassing, and does not bode well for her U.S. Senate campaign,” Reed said in a statement.
The Hassan campaign did not respond to request for comment.
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