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Republicans are digging in on Kavanaugh. Here's why.

Sep. 24, 2018 9:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first allegation against Brett Kavanaugh left Republicans rattled and nervous. The second left them angry and ready to fight back. The GOP punched back hard Monday, seeming to cast aside — for now — worries that President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee could turn...

Thai junta leader interested in staying in politics

Sep. 24, 2018 8:50 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The head of Thailand's military government declared Monday he is "interested" in participating in politics, in a new indication he may seek to remain in office after elections scheduled for early next year. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's remarks did not clarify whether he is considering...

Michelle Obama drums up voter participation at Nevada rally

Sep. 23, 2018 10:10 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former first lady Michelle Obama held a campaign-style rally in Las Vegas on Sunday to urge Nevadans to register to vote and cast ballots this fall, warning them that sitting out means someone else will make decisions for them. "We get the leaders we vote for. We get the policies we vote...

Many states' governor's races become proxy battle over Trump

Sep. 23, 2018 1:05 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — It's a resume that reads like an ideal springboard to higher office: investigated sexual assaults of Olympic gymnasts, charged government officials responsible for a tainted water crisis, bucked the governor on tax hikes. With that background and his party controlling all statewide...

Tenn. Democrat aims for Senate win by edging away from party

Sep. 23, 2018 8:24 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Phil Bredesen is a Democrat. But he'd rather you not mention that. "I need to make clear to everybody my independence from all of the national Democratic stuff," said Bredesen, the former two-term governor of Tennessee who is now running for the U.S. Senate. So far, his strategy...

Some Democrats warn of dangers of election overconfidence

Sep. 22, 2018 12:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fight for the House majority is over. At least that's the sense from a growing number of Democrats who are increasingly confident in their quest to seize control of at least one chamber of Congress six weeks before Election Day. The surging optimism among Democrats, usually shared in...

Party power on the line in many state legislative elections

Sep. 22, 2018 10:52 AM EDT

A total of 6,066 state legislative seats will be on general election ballots around the country this year, and nearly two dozen more will be decided in November special elections to fill vacancies. Here's a look at the current partisan composition of state House and Senate chambers, as well as some of the most...

Control of Congress also at stake in state legislative races

Sep. 22, 2018 10:43 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Democrats looking to regain a foothold in state capitols largely led by Republicans had anticipated flipping control of up to a dozen legislative chambers during the last presidential election. It didn't work out that way. As Republicans remain in overwhelming control of state...

Rep. Nunes faulted by rival for photo with hand symbol

Sep. 21, 2018 9:27 PM EDT

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes of California was criticized Friday by his Democratic rival in the November election after a photograph on social media showed the congressman next to a supporter making a hand gesture that some consider racist. In a photo taken at a Tuesday campaign...

Early voting begins as midterms season enters final phase

Sep. 21, 2018 6:14 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Much of the political world is consumed with a battle over a Supreme Court nominee, an expanding international trade war and President Donald Trump's social media posts. Yet in Minnesota, the first votes of the 2018 midterm elections are being cast. Voting machines are set up inside city...