U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., is facing harsh criticism for her vote against a bill to expand background checks for gun purchases.
Sleeping dog: I live in a suburb of a large Midwestern city. The town (as we call it) is about 68% white. Overall, middle to upper-middle class income levels, maybe a handful of 1%-ers. Overwhelmingly people with college-degree educations, though not all. Recent past elections have shown party affiliations to be about 80% democrat, maybe 18% republican, 2% other or independent. Romney got about 15% of the vote in 2012. The local republican party (town races are non-partisan) had a pretty good record when it came to getting out the vote before W. Bush, not so much now. But we still have a noticeable republican presence here. Just last week, a local newspaper - a reputable and trustworthy one - asked close to 30 prominent local republicans for their opinion on the Trump candidacy. About 12 chose to reply, the rest declining. All 12 had nothing good to say about Trump, though some weren't clear about whether they were going to vote for him anyway, with a couple just plain saying they weren't. None of them said they were going to vote for Clinton instead. Trump is going to get smashed in my town.