BY: Citizens Count
Steve Bannon, who left the White House in April 2017 to return to his work as executive chairman of Breitbart News, attended a fundraiser last Thursday night in New Hampshire for the conservative group 603 Alliance.
“I believe strongly – and I’m prepared to put money where my mouth is – that we won the state of New Hampshire,” said Bannon.
2016 election results in NH
Results certified by the New Hampshire secretary of state gave former secretary of state Hillary Clinton 348,526 votes (46.98 percent) to Trump’s total of 345,790 (46.61 percent).
Bannon sites out-of-state license use
Bannon says his claims are supported by state data that shows that only 15 percent of the 6,540 voters who used out-of-state driver’s licenses have since acquired New Hampshire licenses. But state law allows someone to be domiciled in New Hampshire for voting purposes and be a resident of another state for driver’s licensing purposes – for example, students attending college in New Hampshire.
Bannon’s allegation is not new. Trump has stated that he and former incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte lost in New Hampshire because of voter fraud.
But New Hampshire's secretary of state, William Gardner, said the official 2016 election results are “real and valid.” The fact that state law allows out-of-state college students to vote in the state is not fraud.
What do you think: Is Steve Bannon correct? Did fraudulent voters cost Donald Trump New Hampshire? Share your opinion in the comments below.