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FILE - In this May 5, 2020, file photo Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., speaks during a Senate Intelligence Committee nomination hearing in Washington. Sasse spoke out Tuesday, June 2, against President Donald Trump's use of the Bible “as a political prop” as the president warned protesters he would deploy the U.S. military to end violent protests against police brutality. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool, File)

GOP senator: Trump used ‘Word of God as a political prop'

Jun. 2, 2020 2:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican senator spoke out Tuesday against President Donald Trump's use of the Bible “as a political prop” as the president warned protesters he would deploy the U.S. military to end violent protests against police brutality. Police used tear gas to clear peaceful...

Cleveland police patrol the streets, Monday, June 1, 2020, in downtown Cleveland. The City of Cleveland extended its curfew through Tuesday night after riots broke out on Saturday in reaction to George Floyd's death while in police custody on May 25 in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Ohio's GOP senator says military shouldn't be into his state

Jun. 2, 2020 2:18 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio’s Republican senator said Tuesday the US military shouldn’t be sent into his home state. “That should be a local decision,” said Rob Portman, who lives in the Cincinnati area. “It should be what the mayors and governors want ... I don’t see...

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 are at stake in New Mexico primary

Jun. 2, 2020 2:12 PM EDT

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

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper listens to a question during a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, May 28, 2020. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP)

NC governor: GOP must prepare for scaled-back convention

Jun. 2, 2020 1:50 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's governor said in a letter Tuesday that the GOP must prepare for a scaled-back convention in Charlotte because of the coronavirus pandemic despite demands from President Donald Trump for a full-scale, in-person event. Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, said in the letter to...

In this Monday, June 1, 2020, photo, former Gov. Jon Huntsman, Jr., speaks during the Utah Gubernatorial Republican Primary Debate in Salt Lake City. Huntsman Jr. has one of the most recognizable names in the state as a former popular governor and son of a billionaire philanthropist. He stepped down as U.S. ambassador to Russia under Donald Trump to return to Utah and make a run and reclaiming his seat. (Ivy Ceballo/Deseret News, via AP, Pool)

Utah governor race has conservative coronavirus fault lines

Jun. 2, 2020 1:45 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A few months ago, the crowded contest for the Republican nomination in Utah’s first wide-open governor's race in more than a decade was about how to manage the state’s breakneck growth. Now, it's showcasing conservative fault lines over the coronavirus crisis response...

Voters wait in a line outside Broad Ripple High School to vote in the Indiana primary in Indianapolis, Tuesday, June 2, 2020 after coronavirus concerns prompted officials to delay the primary from its original May 5 date. Voters waited up to two hours to cast their ballots. Nearly 550,000 voters requested mail-in ballots, more than 10 times the number of those ballots cast during the 2016 primary. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Indiana holds delayed primary with widespread mail balloting

Jun. 2, 2020 1:26 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's first election to feature widespread mail-in balloting concludes Tuesday with an in-person primary that was delayed for four weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic. Nearly 550,000 voters requested mail-in ballots — more than 10 times the number cast during the 2016...

Nevada GOP out-registers Democrats for 2nd month in a row

Jun. 2, 2020 12:50 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada Republicans out-registered Democrats for the second month in a row, according to the secretary of state's office. Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske said Republicans added 3,870 voters to their rolls in May, while Democrats added 2,354 voters. Democrats still have a lead...

Results for Idaho's first mail-in primary due late Tuesday

Jun. 2, 2020 12:23 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho is holding its first mail-in primary because of the coronavirus pandemic, and a ruling is allowing voters an extra week to request ballots What effect that has on who will be on the November ballot will be made clear late Tuesday when officials start releasing results. More than...

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2019, file photo, Democratic Montana Gov. Steve Bullock speaks at the National Press Club in Washington. Montana voters on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, are choosing party nominees for governor, U.S. Senate and House and a slate of other offices in a primary election that was changed to all-mail balloting to protect against the spread of the coronavirus. Republicans are seeking to end 16 consecutive years with a Democrat in the governor’s office when Bullock completes his second term. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Governor tops list of races in all-mail Montana primary

Jun. 2, 2020 10:57 AM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana voters on Tuesday were choosing party nominees for governor, U.S. Senate and House and a slate of other offices in a primary election that was changed to all-mail balloting to protect against the spread of the coronavirus. The Republican and Democratic elections for governor...

FILE - In this file image from Feb. 4, 2020, video, Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., speaks on the Senate floor about the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Poll workers will attempt to space voters apart Tuesday, June 1, during South Dakota's primary election, although there's a good chance most ballots will have already been submitted ahead of in-person voting. (Senate Television via AP, File)

Rounds seeks 2nd term in virus-altered South Dakota primary

Jun. 1, 2020 11:54 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Poll workers will attempt to space voters apart Tuesday during South Dakota's primary election, although there's a good chance most ballots will have already been submitted ahead of in-person voting. The secretary of state’s office reports that more than 82,000 absentee...