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GOP plays blame game while fighting to save House majority

Oct. 15, 2018 1:51 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Republicans have begun to concede defeat in the evolving fight to preserve the House majority. The party's candidates may not go quietly, but from the Arizona mountains to suburban Denver to the cornfields of Iowa, the GOP's most powerful players this midterm season are actively shifting...

Democratic candidates focus on health care as midterms near

Oct. 15, 2018 12:27 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — In a windowless conference room, Republican Senate candidate Martha McSally was asking executives at a small crane manufacturing company how the GOP tax cut has helped their business when one woman said: "I want to ask you a question about health care." Marylea Evans recounted how, decades...

Mixing bravado and insults, Trump rallies delight supporters

Oct. 15, 2018 12:23 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump gazes out over his rally crowd and lets loose a stream of insults with a theatrical flourish and playful grin. He jabs at Cory Booker the "disaster" mayor, Elizabeth Warren the "Pocahontas" pretender and "sleepy" Joe Biden. "I want to be careful," Trump tells the...

Trump asks GOP chair to serve a second term

Oct. 14, 2018 11:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has asked Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel to serve a second term. That's according to a person familiar with the president's decision. The decision comes as the president looks to build out his team for his re-election campaign. As head of...

Trump on rally blitz as he tries to stave off Dem gains

Oct. 14, 2018 6:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump gazes out over his rally crowd and looses a stream of insults with a theatrical flourish and playful grin. He jabs at Cory Booker the "disaster" mayor, Elizabeth Warren the "Pocahontas" pretender and "sleepy" Joe Biden. "I want to be careful," Trump tells the crowd,...

New York's Cuomo blasts Trump, Republicans in protest clash

Oct. 14, 2018 4:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo questioned Sunday why state Republicans would have invited the founder of a far-right group to speak in Manhattan, and he blamed them and President Donald Trump for violent clashes that took place after the speech. In a conference call with reporters, the Democratic...

Missouri Republican Hawley decries Democrats' 'mob behavior'

Oct. 14, 2018 3:50 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Republican Senate candidate Josh Hawley is taking a cue from President Donald Trump and decrying what he describes as "mob behavior" by Democrats. Hawley made his comments on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday. Trump and Senate Republicans have been warning about what they say...

GOP pins hopes for keeping Ryan's Wisconsin seat on Ryan 2.0

Oct. 14, 2018 2:49 PM EDT

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Ironworker Randy Bryce spent months gearing up to try to unseat House Speaker Paul Ryan in November's election, cleverly cultivating an "Iron Stache" persona for a candidacy that was as colorful as it was unlikely. Then Ryan decided to retire , transforming a faint upset hope into a...

New strategy: Democrats go all-in on health care in midterms

Oct. 14, 2018 1:57 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — In a windowless conference room, Republican Senate candidate Martha McSally was asking executives at a small crane manufacturing company how the GOP tax cut has helped their business when one woman said: "I want to ask you a question about health care." Marylea Evans recounted how, decades...

North Dakota Democrat Heitkamp scrambles to catch Cramer

Oct. 14, 2018 12:51 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Heidi Heitkamp squeezed dozens of hands and posed for pictures with college students at North Dakota State University recently, bubbling with characteristic exuberance that belied the Democratic senator's uncertain future. "I want everybody to just do something for me," Heitkamp said,...