Latest Gubernatorial elections News

Cowboy turned lawmaker hopes to be South Dakota governor

Aug. 18, 2018 11:16 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Billie Sutton planned to be a world champion saddle bronc rider, but a rodeo accident that claimed his burgeoning career and his ability to walk led instead to a political rise that could make Sutton the first Democrat elected South Dakota governor in over four decades. A horse...

Kansas independent candidate wants to lure votes from Kobach

Aug. 17, 2018 6:11 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas election officials certified independent Greg Orman as a candidate for Kansas governor on Friday, and the businessman immediately tried to appeal to disaffected Republicans, who he said view GOP hopeful Kris Kobach as "incompetent and corrupt." Orman's entry into the race...

The Latest: Kobach campaign denies he is 'extreme'

Aug. 17, 2018 5:58 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on the certification of Greg Orman as an independent candidate in the November ballot for governor (all times local): 4:50 p.m. The gubernatorial campaign of Kris Kobach is hitting back on assertions by Independent candidate Greg Orman that many Kansas Republicans view their...

Clarification: Georgia-Voting Machines story

Aug. 17, 2018 4:02 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — In a story Aug. 16, The Associated Press reported that voting-integrity advocates have asked a federal judge to force Kemp to use a new paper-based balloting system in time for the November midterms. The story should have specified that the plaintiffs say they are asking that a system...

GOP candidate runs for multiple offices to preserve spots

Aug. 16, 2018 7:48 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A perennial political candidate secured the Republican nomination to run for at least five offices, including the U.S. House, in a strategy to preserve all but one of the slots for other GOP prospects in the largely Democratic state. In Tuesday's primary, H. Brooke Paige, a...

GOP buys Cuomo ticket to Canada after US greatness comment

Aug. 16, 2018 5:27 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's political opponents on the right and left seized Thursday on his comment that America "was never that great," with Republicans buying him a bus ticket to Canada and intra-party rival Cynthia Nixon accusing him of trying and failing to sound like a...

Gun of ex-sheriff running for Texas governor still missing

Aug. 16, 2018 3:07 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A former Texas sheriff who's now the Democratic nominee for governor says she has been a "responsible gun owner" as authorities continue searching for her on-duty firearm that is missing. Former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez said Thursday she has done due diligence in looking for a...

AP FACT CHECK: No Pritzker plan to increase taxes 26 percent

Aug. 16, 2018 12:33 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Republican Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is telling voters that his Democratic opponent J.B. Pritzker plans to raise taxes by 26 percent if he's elected to office. Rauner, who is seeking a second term this fall, has spent years battling Democrats over how to handle the state's troubled...

Democratic governor faces tough re-election in Rhode Island

Aug. 16, 2018 9:53 AM EDT

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — By the numbers, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo should be sitting pretty in her bid for a second term. She's a Democrat in a state where Republican President Donald Trump remains unpopular after losing 54-39 percent in 2016. She's a woman in a year when a record number of female...

Democratic governor faces tough re-election in Rhode Island

Aug. 16, 2018 12:18 AM EDT

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's governor is facing a tough re-election fight in a year that's supposed to be a good one for Democrats and women. Gov. Gina Raimondo has raised $7 million, seven times her closest rival. But she's facing a spirited challenge from the left in the Sept. 12 primary. Raimondo...