Latest State elections News

Deval Patrick takes nascent 2020 campaign to South Carolina

Nov. 19, 2019 9:07 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — About a dozen black female small-business owners were gathered in a South Carolina shared workspace on Tuesday night for a networking event when they were told the newest 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful, Deval Patrick, would be stopping by to introduce himself. When Patrick...

Kobach’s brand still sells with GOP in Senate race in Kansas

Nov. 19, 2019 2:43 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kris Kobach isn’t fazed that fellow Republicans worry he’s unpopular or too brash in pushing his hard-right views to keep Kansas’ open Senate seat in GOP hands next year. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and others are so concerned that they’ve spent...

Georgia at ‘turning point’? Debate signals Democratic hopes

Nov. 19, 2019 9:21 AM EST

PEACHTREE CORNERS, Ga. (AP) — Beth Moore would typically fit the mold of a Georgia Republican. She attended private school in the affluent, mostly white northern Atlanta suburbs, attended the University of Georgia, practices law and married a Republican. But the 37-year-old is part of a class of 17...

Georgian police move to disperse large protest in Tbilisi

Nov. 18, 2019 3:46 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Police in riot gear in the country of Georgia pushed thousands of demonstrators away from the parliament building Monday on the second day of sizeable protests in the Georgian capital over the failure of promised election reforms. Officers in black helmets and riot shields advanced down...

Democrats’ Southern victories could affect redistricting

Nov. 18, 2019 2:25 PM EST

The re-election victory by Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards over the weekend has assured Democrats of an all-important place at the table when political maps are redrawn after the 2020 census for future elections to Congress and the state Legislature. Edwards’ narrow triumph on Saturday marked the third...

Bloomberg wins key SC endorsement ahead of possible 2020 bid

Nov. 18, 2019 11:15 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Before he’s officially a presidential candidate, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is picking up a key endorsement in South Carolina. Steve Benjamin, the mayor of Columbia, told The Associated Press on Monday that he’s ready to back the billionaire if he decides to...

2020 hopeful Harris focuses on black women in South Carolina

Nov. 18, 2019 6:04 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Kamala Harris is framing an upcoming campaign swing through early voting South Carolina around the voting demographic most sought after in the state’s Democratic primary: black women. On Saturday, Harris’ campaign is teaming up with black female organizers and volunteers...

Reid: Iowa, NH not diverse enough to provide Dems’ guidance

Nov. 18, 2019 1:30 AM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Iowa and New Hampshire get to weigh in first on the Democratic presidential contest next year, but the states are not ethnically diverse enough to offer any insight into how a candidate will fare across the country, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Sunday. “I...

Did Louisiana football success boost Edwards? Couldn’t hurt.

Nov. 17, 2019 6:52 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — In picking apart Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards’ reelection victory in the red state of Louisiana, analysts talk of cross-party voters, the get-out-the-vote effort in New Orleans and the Donald Trump factor. But in a year when both the LSU Tigers and New Orleans Saints...

Trump, impeachment could loom large in Sen. Collins’ race

Nov. 17, 2019 12:46 PM EST

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Republican Sen. Susan Collins has a well-funded Democrat prepping to challenge her next year. She has national women’s groups ready to attack her over her vote for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanagh. And she’s a moderate facing an electorate that increasingly...