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FILE -- In this Jan. 15, 2020 file photo, is state Sen. Kai Kahele at the opening day of the Hawaii Sate Legislature in Honolulu. Kahele is favored to win the Democratic Party’s nomination to represent Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District in the primary election. The seat is currently held by U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat who decided not to run for reelection so she could focus on her presidential campaign, which was ultimately unsuccessful.   (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy, File)

Kahele wins Hawaii Democratic primary for Gabbard's seat

Aug. 9, 2020 4:25 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Kai Kahele was prepared to do the unthinkable: take on an incumbent from his own party for a U.S. House seat. He felt so strongly that Hawaii residents were being hurt by the presidential ambitions of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard that he announced early on he would challenge his fellow Democrat....

Panel picks Fallon to run in Ratcliffe’s former district

Aug. 8, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

SULPHUR SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — A Texas state senator was chosen Saturday as the GOP nominee for John Ratcliffe’s former seat in Congress that he vacated to become President Donald Trump’s director of national intelligence. GOP activists in the rural and heavily Republican 4th Congressional...

Marquita Bradshaw speaks with the media after winning the Democratic Senate primary, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Memphis, Tenn. Bradshaw scored an upset win and will face former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty in the November election. (Ariel Cobbert/The Commercial Appeal via AP)

Bradshaw to visit every Tennessee county in Senate run

Aug. 8, 2020 4:45 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Senate candidate Marquita Bradshaw said Saturday that her campaign fundraising is in full swing and she plans to visit all 95 Tennessee counties as she tries to flip the seat from Republican to Democrat. Bradshaw won Thursday’s Democratic primary election in the contest to...

Vote-by-mail ballots are shown in sorting trays, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, at the King County Elections headquarters in Renton, Wash., south of Seattle. Never in U.S. history will so many people exercise the right on which their democracy hinges by marking a ballot at home. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Vote-by-mail worries: A 'leaky pipeline' in many states

Aug. 8, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Brace yourself for what’s expected to be the first U.S. presidential election conducted mostly by mail. It could be messy. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, voting by mail in a contactless and socially distant way seems like a no-brainer. States have made the option widely available --...

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2019, file photo, state Sen. Barbara Bollier, D-Mission Hills, speaks during a meeting of Democratic senators at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Bollier is pitching herself as a “voice of reason” with a decade's worth of working with lawmakers from both parties (AP Photo/John Hanna File)

Kansas Democrats excited about ex-GOP lawmaker's Senate bid

Aug. 8, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democrats are pinning their unusually high hopes for winning a U.S. Senate seat in Kansas for the first time in almost 90 years on a retired doctor and former Republican who vexed conservatives with her support for Medicaid expansion and abortion and LGBTQ rights. State Sen. Barbara...

President Donald Trump speaks during an event at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland, Ohio, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump misleads on mail ballots, virus vaccine

Aug. 8, 2020 8:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a week of relentless attacks by President Donald Trump and his allies on mail-in voting for the November election, and truth took a beating at every turn. Fearing a pandemic-induced surge in such voting will work against him, Trump persisted in arguing that fraud is rampant for...

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 17, 2020, file photo, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard speaks at a news conference, in Atlanta. Howard has run unopposed for two decades. But he came in second in the June Democratic primary and faces a tough runoff election Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Georgia DA who charged officers faces tough primary runoff

Aug. 7, 2020 10:36 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Against the backdrop of protests over racial injustice and police brutality and with allegations of misconduct emboldening challengers, the top prosecutor in Georgia’s most populous county is fighting to keep his job. After two decades of running unopposed, Fulton County District...

FILES - This combo of two file photos shows Pedro Pierluisi, left and Wanda Vazquez in San Juan, Puerto Rico. At left, Secretary of State Pedro Pierluisi attends his confirmation hearing at the House of Representatives on Aug. 2, 2019, and at right, Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vazquez gives an interview at La Fortaleza governor residence on Aug. 16, 2019. Both served as replacement governors in the wake of a Puerto Rican political crisis and are competing against each other for a chance to win the job in their own right as the disaster-struck U.S. territory holds primary elections on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo, Files)

Voters weary as Puerto Rico prepares for historic primaries

Aug. 7, 2020 8:45 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Two candidates who both served as replacement governors in the wake of a Puerto Rican political crisis are competing against each other for a chance to win the job in their own right as the disaster-struck U.S. territory holds primary elections. Gov. Wanda Vázquez of the...

Kanye West's nomination papers challenged in Wisconsin

Aug. 7, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Rapper Kanye West's attempt to get on Wisconsin's presidential ballot as a third-party candidate is being challenged. One challenge filed Friday with the Wisconsin Election Commission alleges that West's nomination papers were delivered too late and don't properly list his residency....

Marquita Bradshaw, environmental justice chair of the Sierra Club Chickasaw Group, speaks July 7, 2020, during a news conference in front of City Hall in downtown Memphis, Tenn. Bradshaw scored an upset win over former Army helicopter pilot James Mackler in the Tennessee Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, and will face former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty in the November election. (Max Gersh/The Commercial Appeal via AP)

Bradshaw overcomes odds to win Tenn. Senate nomination

Aug. 7, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Senate candidate Marquita Bradshaw just had to look at her parents for inspiration to become a community activist in Memphis, Tennessee. Bradshaw, who won Thursday’s Democratic primary election over a well-funded opponent in the contest to replace Republican U.S. Sen....