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Bullock, Daines set to debate as mail voting begins soon

Sep. 28, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The two candidates vying for a Montana U.S. Senate seat that's considered pivotal in determining if Democrats can wrest the majority from Republicans come November are set to face off in a Monday night debate. First-term Republican Sen. Steve Daines is leaning on the popularity of...

In this Feb. 18, 2020, photo, U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, D-Las Cruces, speaks to voters during a town hall meeting in Belen, N.M. Torres Small announced Thursday, March 19, 2020, she will go into self-quarantine after coming in contact with someone who tested positive for the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

Torres Small, Herrell meet in 1st debate in close House race

Sep. 28, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Democratic Rep. Xochitl Torres Small and Republican challenger Yvette Herrell have finally gone head-to-head in a televised debate in southern New Mexico’s closely watched U.S. House race after failing to debate during their 2018 contest. During Sunday's KOAT-TV/Albuquerque...

Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins, a Democrat, signs the registration book as he qualified for the U.S. Senate race, on Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. Perkins is challenging Republican incumbent Bill Cassidy for the Senate seat. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Edwards supports Adrian Perkins in Louisiana US Senate race

Sep. 28, 2020 8:31 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Monday that he's backing Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins in Louisiana's U.S. Senate race. The idea of Edwards, the Deep South's only Democratic governor, endorsing a fellow Democrat for the seat isn't surprising. But Louisiana's governor has had a...

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Harrisburg International Airport, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Middletown, Pa. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's dubious claims on health care, court

Sep. 28, 2020 1:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump isn't providing all the facts when he promises that people with preexisting medical problems will always be covered by health insurance if “Obamacare” is ruled unconstitutional. Eager to get conservative Judge Amy Coney Barrett quickly confirmed to the...

FILE - In this July 25, 2019, file photo, Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., speaks as House Democrats hold a news conference in Washington. New Mexico is deciding on final contenders in open races for a U.S. Senate seat and a northern congressional slot that last changed hands a dozen years ago, as the sun sets on a Democratic political dynasty that emerged from a territorial 19th century legislature.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Biden endorses Luján for US Senate bid in New Mexico

Sep. 28, 2020 12:51 AM EDT

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is throwing his support behind Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján for U.S Senate in New Mexico. The former vice president said Sunday that Luján is a “proven leader” who has helped craft legislation like the CARES Act — the COVID-19 relief...

President Donald Trump walks with Judge Amy Coney Barrett to a news conference to announce Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court, in the Rose Garden at the White House, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump vows quick court vote, Biden urges delay for Nov. 3

Sep. 27, 2020 7:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Sunday that confirmation of his Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett will go “quickly” but his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, implored the Republican-led Senate to hold off on voting on her nomination until after the Nov. 3 election to...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden gives a speech on the Supreme Court at The Queen Theater, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Joe Biden: Vacancy about health law, not court expansion

Sep. 27, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden wants voters to see Republicans’ push for a speedy Supreme Court confirmation as an end-run of Congress and the 2010 health care law. In remarks on Sunday, the former vice president sidestepped any talk of expanding the court to...

Analysis: Lawsuit lingers long after bitter 2014 Senate race

Sep. 27, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Six years after a contentious U.S. Senate race that divided Mississippi Republicans and more than a year after the death of the incumbent who won, a civil lawsuit connected to the case is still winding through the courts. A federal appeals court ruled last week that a Madison police...

Utah candidate's campaign headquarters damaged by truck

Sep. 27, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A pickup truck ran into a Utah congressional candidate’s campaign headquarters, damaging the building and destroying the majority of the campaign materials stored inside. The vehicle struck the headquarters of Republican Burgess Owens in Midvale around midnight Friday, The Salt...

Hastert breach-of-contract jury trial set for February 2021

Sep. 27, 2020 2:09 PM EDT

YORKVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A jury trial for a $1.8 million breach-of-conduct case against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has been set for February 2021. The 2016 lawsuit was filed by a man alleging he was sexually abused as a teen by Hastert and later promised $3.5 million to stay quiet. The man,...