Sen. Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyottePoll: New Hampshire Senate race tight Biden likely to tap Robert Califf to return as FDA head Poll: Potential Sununu-Hassan matchup in N.H. a dead heat MORE (R-N.H.) quickly lambasted lewd comments Donald TrumpDonald TrumpHillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Twitter's algorithm boosts right-leaning content, internal study finds Ohio Democrat calls Vance an 'ass----' over Baldwin tweet Matt Taibbi says Trump's rhetoric caused public perception of US intelligence services to shift MORE made about women in 2005, but didn't indicate that she will drop her support for the GOP presidential nominee.
DJT is a malignant clown - unprepared and unfit to be president of the United States.— Mark Kirk (@SenatorKirk) October 7, 2016
Meira Bernstein, a spokeswoman for Hassan, said Ayotte's statement coupled with her continued support for Trump is "pathetic and wrong."
“It’s unfathomable and utterly inexcusable that Kelly Ayotte could hear these vile Trump comments, bragging about sexual assault, and not immediately disavow his candidacy for president," she said.
Ayotte and Hassan are in a tight battle in the Granite State. The GOP incumbent is leading Hassan by less than 3 percentage points, according to a Real Clear Politics average of polling in the race.
- This story was updated at 7:22 p.m.