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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 2:34 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's governor said Tuesday that the GOP must prepare for a scaled-back Charlotte convention because of the coronavirus pandemic, with the national Republican chairwoman responding that organizers would begin visiting other potential host cities. Gov. Roy Cooper, a...

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...

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...

FILE - In this May 19, 2020, file photo, Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, speaks with reporters after a Senate Republican weekly luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington. Four relatively unknown Iowa Democrats are competing in a primary Tuesday to take on Ernst. The endeavor was once viewed as a long shot. But Ernst’s slip in approval and the rallying of Iowa and national Democrats behind one of the four has the race receiving a second look.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Iowa primary voters deciding King's fate, Ernst's challenger

Jun. 1, 2020 11:53 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republicans in northwest Iowa are deciding Tuesday whether they've had enough of conservative lightning rod Steve King, after tolerating the congressman's incendiary comments about immigrants and white supremacy for nearly two decades. King, who was stripped of his committee...

FILE - In this May 3, 2020, file photo, light shines from inside the U.S. Capitol dome at dusk on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Congress confronts dual crises of protests, virus outbreak

Jun. 1, 2020 10:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress convened Monday with protests outside its door and across the nation, the Capitol already struck by the COVID-19 outbreak now confronting a deepening crisis over the treatment of black people in the United States. The civil unrest over the death of George Floyd at the hands...

In this May 28, 2020, photo, Dave Turnier processes mail-in ballots at at the Chester County Voter Services office in West Chester, Pa., prior to the primary election. Tuesday's primary elections in seven states are both significant elections and big tests of campaigning during the age of coronavirus. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Primaries become test run for campaigning during coronavirus

Jun. 1, 2020 9:01 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Tuesday's primaries in eight states are the biggest test to date of campaigning during the coronavirus era, a way for parties to test-drive new ways of getting out the vote during a time when it can be dangerous to leave your home. Voters from Pennsylvania to New Mexico will cast...

Dave Turnier processes mail-in ballots at at the Chester County Voter Services office in West Chester, Pa., prior to the primary election, Thursday, May 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Governor moves deadline to count mail-in ballots amid unrest

Jun. 1, 2020 8:43 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Amid protests over George Floyd’s death across Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday ordered Philadelphia and five other counties to keep counting ballots in the primary election that arrive by mail for seven days after Tuesday's 8 p.m. deadline. Wolf, a Democrat, made the...

Senate candidate Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., answers a question during a GOP senatorial debate In Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, May 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

With Pompeo out, GOP looks to Rep. Marshall in Kansas race

Jun. 1, 2020 2:14 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The passing of Monday's deadline to file to run for Kansas' open Senate seat confirmed that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo won't be a candidate, and a major anti-abortion group threw its support behind Rep. Roger Marshall to keep immigration hardliner Kris Kobach from the GOP...

FILE - In this May 19, 2020, file photo, Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, speaks with reporters after a Senate Republican weekly luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington. Four relatively unknown Iowa Democrats are competing in a primary Tuesday to take on Ernst. The endeavor was once viewed as a long shot. But Ernst’s slip in approval and the rallying of Iowa and national Democrats behind one of the four has the race receiving a second look.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Democrats fight for chance to take on GOP Sen. Ernst in Iowa

Jun. 1, 2020 6:18 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Four relatively unknown Iowa Democrats are competing in a primary Tuesday to take on Republican Sen. Joni Ernst, an endeavor viewed as a long shot when better-known prospects last year took a pass on running. But Ernst's slip in approval and the rallying of Iowa and national...

Indiana State Treasurer Kelly Mitchell stands by a campaign sign, Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Westfield, Ind. Mitchell is a candidate for Indiana's 5th Congressional District. More Republican women than ever are seeking House seats this year after the 2018 election further diminished their limited ranks in Congress. But so far it appears that any gains this November could be modest.  (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

More GOP women seeking office, but winning still in question

May. 31, 2020 7:55 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — More Republican women than ever are seeking House seats this year thanks to a reenergized recruitment effort after their limited ranks in Congress diminished even further in the 2018 election. But any gains in November could be modest. Many of these roughly 200 candidates are running in...