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Democratic congressional candidate Teresa Leger Fernandez flashes a thumbs-up to drivers at a polling station Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Santa Fe, N.M. Opponents in the crowded Democratic primary included former CIA operative Valerie Plame. The sign she holds,

GOP House race drags on after vote-counting board walks out

Jun. 4, 2020 10:41 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Republican congressional primary remained undecided on Thursday as local election regulators in northern New mexico tallied a deluge of absentee ballots. Vote tabulation stretched into a third day in Taos and Santa Fe counties, as three Republicans competed for the 3rd Congressional...

Vote counting drags into 3rd day after Pennsylvania primary

Jun. 4, 2020 9:26 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Counting an avalanche of mail-in votes began a third day in Pennsylvania on Thursday as some races from Tuesday’s primary remained too close to call. The Associated Press has not called a number of races where the contest was close or had a large number of votes yet to be...

In-person voting begins for N.C. Congress nomination runoff

Jun. 4, 2020 3:42 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Western North Carolina voters casting ballots in person for a congressional primary runoff during the COVID-19 pandemic will be aided by poll workers wearing face masks and be offered plenty of hand sanitizer. Early in-person voting for the June 23 runoff starts on Thursday at polling...

Tennessee judge: Virus by-mail voting guidelines ambiguous

Jun. 3, 2020 10:57 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee judge on Wednesday said the state's guidance about who can vote by mail due to the coronavirus is “very ambiguous,” and she cited “weighty proof” that other states have expanded to let all voters cast absentee ballots this year —...

Democratic congressional candidate Teresa Leger Fernandez flashes a thumbs-up to drivers at a polling station Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Santa Fe, N.M. Opponents in the crowded Democratic primary included former CIA operative Valerie Plame. The sign she holds,

New Mexico voting surges, shifts to absentee balloting

Jun. 3, 2020 9:50 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Local election official struggled Wednesday to fully tally an avalanche of absentee ballots in a primary election that locked in several female nominees for Congress and marked a progressive uprising in the state Senate. Tabulation delays left the outcome uncertain in a three-way...

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 lose primary bid amid liberal push

Jun. 3, 2020 7:28 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two key leaders in the New Mexico Senate have lost their primary bids amid a push by liberal advocacy groups to unseat Democratic lawmakers who have resisted their progressive agenda. Senate President Mary Kay Papen of Las Cruces and Senate finance committee leader John Arthur...

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2019, file photo, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, speaks during a news conference in Des Moines, Iowa. King is on the outs with a significant bloc of his long-reliable conservative base, but not for almost two decades of incendiary utterances about abortion, immigrants and Islam. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Iowa Rep. King's defeat marks moment of unity for GOP, Dems

Jun. 3, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The longer Steve King served in Congress, building up a repertoire of racist rhetoric and nativist sentiments, the more he unwittingly became a unifying force in American politics. Republicans and Democrats alike were glad to see him go Tuesday, defeated in a GOP primary after nine...

Voter Kelli Gambill fills out her ballot at the Jefferson Education Society polling place, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Erie, Pa. Pennsylvania's primary election was postponed from April 28 because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Greg Wohlford/Erie Times-News via AP)

Pennsylvania counts ballots after a light-on-drama primary

Jun. 3, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Election officials worked through a mountain of still-uncounted ballots Wednesday after a Pennsylvania primary that was held amid civil unrest, a pandemic, the introduction of some new voting machines and the debut of mail-in balloting that pushed county bureaus to their limits. The...

FILE - In this May 12, 2020, file photo, Arjan Walia votes during a special election in Santa Clarita, Calif. California will establish hundreds of in-person voting places across the state for the November election, even in a year when every registered voter will be sent a mail-in ballot because of health concerns over the coronavirus. Counties must have at least one voting location per 10,000 registered voters. Statewide mail-in voting has been criticized by national Republicans as a possible pathway to large-scale voter fraud. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

California sets in-person voting rules under virus threat

Jun. 3, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday that California will establish hundreds of locations around the state where voters can cast ballots in-person, a month after he decided to send every registered voter a mail-in ballot for the November election. The decision is an effort by the...

Peggy Kerins runs voted ballots through a tabulation machine during Montana's primary election Tuesday, June 2, 2020 in the City-County Building Tuesday in Helena. Montana’s June 2 primary is being held by mail because of the coronavirus.  (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP)

Montana candidates look forward to campaigning in person

Jun. 3, 2020 4:34 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana candidates who advanced to the general election said they're looking forward to the time when they can get back on the campaign trail rather than relying on phone calls to reach voters under directives in place to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. “Montanans expect...