Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte said she favors Donald Trump dropping out of the presidential race.
The New Hampshire senator dropped her support for Trump on Saturday. She said she will write in Mike Pence, but initially stopped short of calling for Trump to step aside.
But when she was asked by a reporter Sunday if Trump stood step down, she responded, ‘‘I would support that.’’
Ayotte said recently released recordings of Trump making vulgar remarks about women are ‘‘fundamentally different’’ than his past comments. She said Trump is advocating assault, and that she wants her young daughter to know that she does not support the comments.
She says speaking out for her daughter’s sake is ‘‘more important to me than winning any election.’’ Ayotte is in a close race for re-election.