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Recount adds to Florida's reputation for bungling elections

Nov. 17, 2018 9:25 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Mark Toepfer came to this spit of sand on the Tampa Bay shore to soak up the sun, drink a beer and maybe do a little fishing — not to talk about elections. But talk he did when asked for his thoughts on whether Florida, as a judge recently put it, is "the laughingstock of...

New president replaces autocratic leader in the Maldives

Nov. 17, 2018 8:28 AM EST

MALE, Maldives (AP) — Ibrahim Mohamed Solih took over as president of the Maldives on Saturday following a fierce political discord caused by the autocratic rule of outgoing leader Yameen Abdul Gayoom. Thousands of people cheered Solih, from the Maldivian Democratic Party, at a swearing-in ceremony in a...

The Latest: Kemp says Georgia race over, state to look ahead

Nov. 16, 2018 9:05 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the Georgia governor's race (all times local): 5:35 p.m. Republican Brian Kemp says the Georgia gubernatorial election is over with Democratic rival Stacey Abrams' acknowledgement that she can't win the race, and he is urging the state to look forward. Kemp made the comments in...

Florida starts painstaking hand recount in US Senate race

Nov. 16, 2018 9:02 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Volunteers gathered around folding tables Friday to begin a painstaking hand recount in Florida's acrimonious U.S. Senate contest, with a goal of determining the intent of about 93,000 voters whose ballots for Republican Gov. Rick Scott or Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson could not...

Abrams ends Georgia governor bid, says she'll file lawsuit

Nov. 16, 2018 8:56 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Democrat Stacey Abrams ended 10 days of post-election drama in Georgia's closely watched and even more closely contested race for governor Friday, acknowledging Republican Brian Kemp as the victor while defiantly refusing to concede to the man she blamed for "gross mismanagement" of a...

Dem's lobbying work draws GOP ire in Mississippi Senate race

Nov. 16, 2018 8:06 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republicans in Mississippi's intensifying U.S. Senate race are slamming Democrat Mike Espy's lobbying work for an African leader who was later deposed and charged with crimes against humanity. Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and a GOP campaign group have launched ads questioning...

The Latest: Judge rejects suit over Florida mail-in ballots

Nov. 16, 2018 7:20 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the Florida recount (all times local): 7:15 p.m. A federal judge is rejecting a lawsuit that challenged Florida's vote-by-mail deadlines. A veterans voting rights group and Democrats challenged the Florida law that said ballots mailed inside the United States could...

The Latest: GOP senator hits challenger over lobbying work

Nov. 16, 2018 6:16 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on a U.S. Senate special election runoff in Mississippi (all times local): 5:10 p.m. As Mississippi's U.S. Senate race intensifies, Republicans are slamming Democrat Mike Espy's lobbying work for an African leader who was later charged with crimes against humanity....

AP Explains: Workers try to decipher intent in hand recount

Nov. 16, 2018 5:43 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Sometimes voters put a check next to a candidate's name instead of filling in an oval that a voting machine can read. Other times, they mistake the abbreviation for "Republican Party" with the abbreviation for "Reform Party" and pick both in the same race. Some voters just cast blank...

Julian Castro says O'Rourke's future no factor in 2020 bid

Nov. 16, 2018 2:55 PM EST

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Julian Castro said Friday that his decision about running in 2020 won't be influenced by whether Texas' other high-profile Democrat, Congressman Beto O'Rourke, also makes his own bid for the White House. Texas is a pipeline of presidential contenders, churning out several major...