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President Donald Trump walks in Lafayette Park to visit outside St. John's Church across from the White House Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington. Part of the church was set on fire during protests on Sunday night. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Democratic governors reject Trump's call to send in military

Jun. 2, 2020 1:45 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Several Democratic governors on Monday pushed back against President Donald Trump's threat to deploy the U.S. military unless they dispatch National Guard units to “dominate the streets” in reaction to the violence that has erupted across the country. Illinois Gov....

FILE - This file photo combo shows, from left, Baltimore Mayor Bernard

Democratic contest for Baltimore mayor tops primary race

Jun. 2, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland residents are going to the polls and returning mail-in ballots for the state’s primary, and the highest-profile race Tuesday is the Democratic contest to be the nominee for Baltimore’s mayor. The winner of that race in Maryland’s largest city will likely...

Marty Goetz, right, and Diane White, prepare the voting screens as they start to set up a polling place Monday, June 1, 2020, for the voting for Tuesday's Pennsylvania primary in Jackson Township near Zelienople, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Biden looks to clinch nomination as 7 states, DC vote

Jun. 2, 2020 12:27 AM EDT

MONTCLAIR, N.J. (AP) — Joe Biden could seize the number of delegates needed to formally clinch the Democrats' presidential nomination on Tuesday as seven states and the District of Columbia push through a pandemic and exploding racial tensions to host the largest slate of primary elections in almost three...

Congressional candidate and former CIA operative Valerie Plame of Santa Fe, N.M., seeks support from local party delegates at the Democratic Party preprimary convention in Pojoaque, N.M., Saturday, March 7, 2020. Candidates for open congressional and Senate seats underwent the first test of their political might as the Democratic and Republican parties of New Mexico held statewide conventions. The conventions decide the ballot order for candidates in the state's primary election on June 2. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

Open House, Senate races at stake in New Mexico primary

Jun. 2, 2020 12:19 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic contenders for Congress including a renowned former CIA operative, a district attorney and a professional advocate for Native American communities were facing off Tuesday in a likely decisive congressional primary in northern New Mexico. The winner of the seven-way contest...

FILE - In this March 15, 2019, file photo, state Sen. John Arthur Smith gestures while speaking to New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in Santa Fe, N.M. The chairman of a key legislative committee says New Mexico's finances have been hit by a double-whammy of a pandemic and an oil-price crash. But state Sen. John Arthur Smith said Monday, April 6, 2020, the blow will be somewhat cushioned by decisions made during the last legislative session to build up reserves. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee, File)

New Mexico Senate leaders look to hang on in primary

Jun. 2, 2020 12:13 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Several longtime Democratic legislators who have resisted initiatives ranging from spending increases to the legalization of recreational marijuana are facing challenges Tuesday as liberal advocacy groups try to push the party toward a more progressive agenda. Senate President Mary...

Indiana holds delayed primary with widespread mail balloting

Jun. 1, 2020 11:50 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's first election to feature widespread mail-in balloting concludes Tuesday with an in-person primary that was delayed four weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic. Nearly 550,000 voters requested mail-in ballots — more than 10 times the number of those ballots cast during...

FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019 file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., addresses the audience gathered at the Fancy Farm Picnic in Fancy Farm, Ky. Democrat Amy McGrath has continued her attacks against Republican McConnell during a Democratic Senate debate. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Democrats delve into Louisville unrest during Senate forum

Jun. 1, 2020 11:29 PM EDT

Democrat Amy McGrath stayed on the attack against Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, while her two leading primary opponents in Kentucky's Senate race played up differences with her during a televised debate Monday night. Appearing on Kentucky Educational Television about three weeks before the...

Rep. Joe Kennedy III, left, elbow-bumps Sen. Edward Markey after their debate for the Democratic primary for senator from Massachusetts, Monday, June 1, 2020, in Springfield, Mass. (Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool)

Markey, Kennedy face off in Democratic primary debate

Jun. 1, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Edward Markey and his Democratic primary challenger, U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, said in a televised debate Monday that generations of racial injustice is helping fuel the protests that have swept across the country this week. “The anger that is motivating people...

Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden touches his face as he speaks to members of the clergy and community leaders at Bethel AME Church in Wilmington, Del., Monday, June 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

'Hate just hides': Biden vows to take on systematic racism

Jun. 1, 2020 9:47 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden vowed to address institutional racism in his first 100 days in office as he sought to elevate his voice Monday in the exploding national debate over racism and police brutality. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee offered emotional support and promised bold...

In this May 28, 2020, photo, Dave Turnier processes mail-in ballots at at the Chester County Voter Services office in West Chester, Pa., prior to the primary election. Tuesday's primary elections in seven states are both significant elections and big tests of campaigning during the age of coronavirus. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Primaries become test run for campaigning during coronavirus

Jun. 1, 2020 9:01 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Tuesday's primaries in eight states are the biggest test to date of campaigning during the coronavirus era, a way for parties to test-drive new ways of getting out the vote during a time when it can be dangerous to leave your home. Voters from Pennsylvania to New Mexico will cast...