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Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty greets supporters at a polling place Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Brentwood, Tenn. Hagerty and Dr. Manny Sethi are competing to become the GOP nominee in the race to replace retiring Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

AP News Guide: A look at Tennessee’s election

Oct. 31, 2020 6:36 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — With all eyes on the presidential election, the biggest race in Tennessee remains the open U.S. Senate seat now that Republican incumbent Sen. Lamar Alexander is retiring as his term ends. A handful of U.S. House and legislative seats also remain competitive in the GOP-dominant...

Voters cast their ballots for the general election at Victory Houston polling station in Houston, on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. The location was one of the Harris County's 24-hour locations. (Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Race for Texas intensifies amid surging turnout, COVID cases

Oct. 30, 2020 11:57 PM EDT

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Texas’ surprising status as a battleground came into clearer focus on Friday as Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris devoted one of the race's final days to campaigning across America's largest red state and early voter turnout zoomed past 9 million —...

Tim McVean, 38, poses for a photo at a ballot drop-off location in Minneapolis after handing his ballot to election officials on Friday Oct. 30, 2020. McVean said he decided to drop off his ballot in-person after learning of an appeals court ruling Thursday evening that indicated mail-in ballots received after Election Day may not be counted. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ibrahim)

Minnesota Democrats ramp up push for absentee ballot turnout

Oct. 30, 2020 7:20 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Democrats and election officials on Friday urged people with absentee ballots not yet mailed to drop them off by hand or vote in person, a day after an appellate court’s ruling raised questions about whether ballots that arrive up to seven days beyond Election Day would...

Burgess Owens, Republican candidate in Utah's 4th Congressional District, poses for a photograph during a campaign stop Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, in Spring City, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Conspiracy theory QAnon bubbles into tossup Utah House race

Oct. 30, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The conspiracy theory QAnon bubbled into the forefront in a competitive race for a suburban Utah swing congressional district this week, another sign of how the baseless theory has diffused into mainstream politics. Republican Burgess Owens has now come under scrutiny three times for...

Judge cites Trump tweets in restricting feds at protests

Oct. 30, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story follows below. PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge found Friday that tweets by President Donald Trump helped incite improper conduct by federal officers responding to racial justice demonstrations in Portland, Oregon,...

GOP Arkansas candidate faces criticism over Klan costume

Oct. 30, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Republican candidate for the Arkansas Senate who dressed up like a member of the Ku Klux Klan for a Halloween event when he was in high school is facing criticism from former classmates and advocacy groups. Charles Beckham III is challenging state Sen. Bruce Maloch, D-Magnolia,...

Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., meets with Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trumps nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, not pictured, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

Perdue declines to participate in final debate with Ossoff

Oct. 30, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A final debate between Republican Sen. David Perdue of Georgia and Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff has been canceled after Perdue dropped out, saying he would attend a campaign rally with President Donald Trump instead. The cancellation was announced Thursday night, a day after Perdue and...

FILE - In this July 29, 2020, file photo, Lisa Finander, right, checks that each ballot has the voter's name on the ballot and mailing envelope and Laurie Mattila, left, checked that it was correct at Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services in Minneapolis. A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020 that Minnesota absentee ballots that arrive after Election Day should be separated from other ballots in case they are later invalidated by a court.(Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)

Minnesota SOS: Too late to mail ballots -- but not to vote

Oct. 29, 2020 10:38 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's secretary of state said Thursday it's too late for voters to mail back their absentee ballots if they want to make sure their votes count, after an appeals court ruling indicated that mail-in ballots arriving after Election Day are at risk of being invalidated. A three-judge...

Vehicles line up as a healthcare workers help check people in as they are being tested at the COVID-19 drive-thru testing center at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP)

'So frustrating': Grave missteps seen in US virus response

Oct. 29, 2020 1:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A president who downplayed the coronavirus threat, scorned masks and undercut scientists at every turn. Governors who resisted or rolled back containment measures amid public backlash. State lawmakers who used federal COVID-19 aid to plug budget holes instead of beefing up testing and...

GOP campaigns asks that late absentee ballots be separated

Oct. 29, 2020 8:49 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The campaigns for President Donald Trump and Republican state legislative candidates are petitioning the Minnesota Supreme Court to separate all mailed ballots received after Election Day in case of legal challenges to their validity. The petition filed Wednesday is the latest challenge...