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Ex-Gov. Bill Weld to spend much of week in New Hampshire

Mar. 24, 2019 3:12 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld is planning to spend much of the week in New Hampshire as he mulls a challenge to President Donald Trump in the 2020 Republican presidential primary. Weld is scheduled to meet with Gov. Chris Sununu and former New Hampshire House Speaker Doug Scamman. ...

New Hampshire rejects forcing candidates to release taxes

Mar. 24, 2019 11:33 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Lawmakers in both the New Hampshire House and Senate have rejected bills requiring presidential candidates to release their federal income tax returns. The Senate voted 15-9 on Thursday to kill a bill that would have required candidates to submit three years' worth of tax returns to...

2020 candidates campaign as public waits for Mueller report

Mar. 24, 2019 9:04 AM EDT

As New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand officially kicks off her Democratic presidential campaign in New York City, her rivals are courting voters in early primary states. Several Democratic White House hopefuls are campaigning Sunday, the day the Justice Department is expected to release key findings from special...

Testing strength, Harris and Sanders take 2020 to rival turf

Mar. 23, 2019 8:32 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Charging onto the home turf of their Democratic rivals, Sen. Kamala Harris campaigned in Texas for the first time Saturday while Sen. Bernie Sanders swung through California — both a test of early strength in a crowded presidential race and a peek at the country's two biggest states...

Republicans: PSC hopeful doesn't meet 5-year residency rule

Mar. 23, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Republican Party says a man who filed to run for Public Service Commission won't be on the party primary ballot because he doesn't meet residency qualifications. Party spokeswoman Nicole Webb says the state Executive Committee voted Thursday to not certify Perry Parker...

Sanders aims for strong showing in delegate-rich California

Mar. 22, 2019 9:29 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — By the time California's presidential primary election arrived in 2016, Bernie Sanders was a beaten man. This time around, everything has changed. The senator from Vermont was an insurgent outsider three years ago in a head-to-head race against Hillary Clinton, the former first lady,...

O'Rourke tackles racial issues in first South Carolina visit

Mar. 22, 2019 7:49 PM EDT

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — In the first primary state where Democratic presidential hopefuls can test their mettle before a mostly black audience, Beto O'Rourke took on issues of race Friday, telling South Carolina voters that he might not know their struggles firsthand but wants to be a president who can try...

Democrats' 2020 nominating fight turns in the GOP-run South

Mar. 22, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — When the top lieutenant to a presidential contender phoned Georgia Democratic Party chairwoman Nikema Williams recently to ask for a one-on-one meeting, Williams declined. "I'm sorry, but I talk to candidates; I don't talk to surrogates," she said, recalling the conversation in an interview....

Booker nets 1st 2020 endorsement from S. Carolina lawmaker

Mar. 22, 2019 6:02 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker has netted the first endorsement from a sitting lawmaker in the crucial early-voting state of South Carolina. State Rep. John King told The Associated Press that he's chosen to back the senator from New Jersey above other hopefuls in the...

Gillum wants to register 1 million Florida voters for 2020

Mar. 20, 2019 9:09 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Former Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum wants to register at least 1 million voters in an effort to make the state swing blue in the 2020 presidential race, he announced Wednesday evening. Gillum told supporters at Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens that...