Latest State elections News

Ex-Florida gov candidate Gillum fined in ethics case

Apr. 24, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Former Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum agreed Wednesday to pay a $5,000 fine to settle an ethics complaint that he violated civil law by accepting gifts from lobbyists, ending a lengthy investigation that hampered his campaign. The settlement was announced just as Gillum, a...

Fired state worker sues Kentucky governor over free speech

Apr. 24, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — An ex-state employee is suing Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, claiming she was fired due to her ties to a group that supported teacher sickouts that shut down school districts to protest GOP-backed legislation. The federal suit filed Wednesday alleges Charissa "Chris" Cooke's First...

The Latest: Ex-Florida candidate Gillum accepts ethics fine

Apr. 24, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the ethics case against Andrew Gillum (all times local): 12:30 p.m. Former gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum has agreed to pay a $5,000 fine to settle an ethics complaint that he violated civil law by accepting a gift from a lobbyist. The state Ethics Commission...

Republican Powers wins Tennessee Senate special election

Apr. 24, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Bill Powers has won a Tennessee Senate special election. The Clarksville city councilman and auto dealer defeated Democrat Juanita Charles by about 9 percentage points Tuesday. Charles is a U.S. Army veteran and a Clarksville real estate agent. The Senate District 22 seat...

Florida voter turnout in 2018 buoyed by youth, Hispanics

Apr. 23, 2019 4:06 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Voter turnout in Florida jumped to more than 52% in last year's midterm elections from almost 45% in the 2014 midterm races, buoyed by increased ballot-casting by young voters and Hispanics, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures released Tuesday. But even though the swing state had...

MJ Hegar launches 2020 Senate run against Texas' John Cornyn

Apr. 23, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrat MJ Hegar, an Air Force veteran whose viral campaign ads nearly helped her get elected in one of Texas' most Republican-friendly congressional districts last year, set her sights higher on Tuesday and launched a run for U.S. Senate against Republican incumbent John Cornyn....

Thai Election Commission to investigate popular politician

Apr. 23, 2019 11:45 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's state Election Commission has agreed to investigate whether the leader of a popular new political party that ran a strong third in last month's general election may not have been qualified to run as a candidate. Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, leader of the progressive Future...

Harris adds to endorsements in early-voting South Carolina

Apr. 23, 2019 11:02 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Kamala (KAH'-mah-lah) Harris is adding to her list of African American endorsements in South Carolina, the first test of the black vote in next year's primary elections. Harris' campaign tells The Associated Press that I.S. Leevy (LEE'-vee) Johnson is...

Congressman's death triggers election, glut of candidates

Apr. 22, 2019 1:35 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Walter Jones Jr.'s long-held congressional seat in North Carolina was expected to be up for grabs soon, but it happened more quickly than most people anticipated. Months after the Republican announced his 2018 campaign would be his last, Jones' health faded. He died in...

Casey lobbies for Democratic primary debate in Pennsylvania

Apr. 22, 2019 11:03 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania is lobbying for a presidential primary debate in his home state, which is a projected battleground in the 2020 presidential election. Casey's letter Monday to Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez says holding a primary debate...