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Rep. Joe Kennedy formally announces US Senate campaign

Sep. 21, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III formally declared his candidacy for the U.S. Senate on Saturday, becoming the first member of the Kennedy political dynasty to run for the upper chamber of Congress from Massachusetts since Edward M. Kennedy in 1962. The Democrat spoke to supporters gathered in a...

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio drops 2020 presidential bid

Sep. 20, 2019 12:40 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ended his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination on Friday after struggling to gain traction in a sprawling field of candidates. Announcing his decision in an MSNBC interview, de Blasio did not throw his support behind any candidate but...

Kennedy mystique could factor into Massachusetts Senate race

Sep. 20, 2019 6:05 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — When Edward M. Kennedy was running for the U.S. Senate for the first time in 1962, his Democratic primary opponent turned to him during a debate and said if his last name was Moore — Kennedy's middle name — his "candidacy would be a joke." Fortunately for Kennedy, he shared a...

AP source: Joe Kennedy to challenge Sen. Markey in primary

Sep. 19, 2019 9:40 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, a scion of one of America's most storied political families, is set to announce he will challenge U.S. Sen. Edward Markey in the state's Democratic primary in 2020. A person with knowledge of Kennedy's plans told The Associated Press that Kennedy will...

Ocasio-Cortez backs liberal challenger to Dem congressman

Sep. 17, 2019 9:54 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is making her first endorsement of a liberal challenger to an incumbent House Democrat, backing Marie Newman in the primary against eight-term Rep. Daniel Lipinski in Illinois. The New York congresswoman for now is putting her name and small-dollar...

Ocasio-Cortez endorses Markey as Kennedy mulls Senate run

Sep. 13, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bringing her political star power to races for Congress, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday endorsed Democratic Sen. Ed Markey for re-election in Massachusetts as he faces a potential primary challenge from Rep. Joe Kennedy III. Ocasio-Cortez said in a video released by Markey's...

Democrats slam decision to end immigrant medical relief

Sep. 11, 2019 6:50 PM EDT

Democratic lawmakers criticized federal immigration officials Wednesday for refusing to explain their decision to stop considering requests from immigrants seeking to defer deportation for medical treatment and other hardships. Officials with two agencies — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and...

GOP holds N Carolina House seat but shows frailty in suburbs

Sep. 11, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Conservative Republican Dan Bishop won a special election for an open House seat in North Carolina, averting a demoralizing Democratic capture of a district the GOP has held for nearly six decades. But his narrow victory didn't erase questions about whether President Donald Trump and...

Competing with football, marathon House election nears end

Sep. 9, 2019 1:45 AM EDT

MONROE, N.C. (AP) — National Democratic and Republican leaders are breathlessly watching Tuesday's special election for an empty House seat from North Carolina for early clues about next year's presidential and congressional races. But for the two candidates, the race is less glamour than grind. Democrat...

N. Carolina election tests Trump clout, suburbs' GOP flight

Sep. 6, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

MINT HILL, N.C. (AP) — A tossup special election in North Carolina is shaping up as a pre-2020 test of President Donald Trump's pull on voters and whether the suburbs are continuing the flight from Republicans that fueled the party's 2018 House election losses. The House district flows eastward from the...