An orgy of spending on a contest that could decide which party controls the Senate
Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., seen at a September Republican event, cannot avoid being hurt by Donald Trump's unpopularity in the Granite State, writes Walter Shapiro. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- It would be a final irony in a bizarre political year if America had to wait until the wee hours on Wednesday to find out which party will control the Senate because endangered GOP incumbent Kelly Ayotte wrote in Mike Pence for president as she planned.
In most New Hampshire towns, ballots with write-in votes for president are put aside to be counted at the end. And in state where, according to the new Granite State Poll, just 80 percent of Republicans are backing Donald Trump, Ayotte will not be the only GOP voter casting a symbolic ballot for president.