Latest Gubernatorial elections News

Political spending by Abrams' nonprofit could pose problems

Mar. 20, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a matter of months, Stacey Abrams has gone from losing the Georgia governor's race to being a heavily recruited Democratic star, urged to run for Senate and mentioned as a possible presidential contender. It's a dramatic rise often fueled by the promotional spending of Fair Fight...

Oregon governor welcomes investigation into day care death

Mar. 14, 2019 9:04 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown said Thursday she would welcome an independent investigation of a baby's death at an Oregon day care facility, responding to allegations from Republicans that the governor covered up the incident to save political face during her re-election campaign. Republicans say...

Campaign finance could be on 2020 ballot in Oregon

Mar. 14, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Months after a governor's race that shattered state fundraising records, Oregon lawmakers want to rein in rampant spending from large donors and political action committees. But first they have to change the constitution. Oregon is one of five states to have no limits on campaign...

South Dakota passes bills to discourage Keystone XL rioting

Mar. 7, 2019 6:35 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota is poised to approve laws aimed at potential protests against the planned Keystone XL oil pipeline, seeking to prevent disruptive demonstrations like those against the Dakota Access pipeline that cost neighboring North Dakota nearly $40 million and led to hundreds of...

Georgia's Stacey Abrams looks for a winning strategy in loss

Mar. 7, 2019 3:27 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Stacey Abrams is a woman in demand. Months removed from her surprisingly narrow defeat in the Georgia governor's race, Abrams is being heavily recruited to run for Senate, weighing another campaign for governor and even hearing overtures from prominent activists who want her to run for...

Michigan governor defends proposal for steep fuel tax rise

Mar. 5, 2019 5:12 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday defended her proposal to nearly triple Michigan's per-gallon gasoline tax to make it the highest in the nation, promising no more "shell games" or "half measures" to reverse the deteriorating condition of the roads. The proposal — the...

Wendy Davis says she's also mulling Texas Senate run in 2020

Mar. 5, 2019 4:41 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Wendy Davis of Texas said Tuesday she is considering a U.S. Senate run in 2020 but is waiting to see whether another high-profile Democrat, Rep. Joaquin Castro, goes through with challenging Republican incumbent John Cornyn. Davis hasn't run for office since badly losing the governor's...

Virginia AG says he wants to repair harm from blackface

Mar. 4, 2019 3:35 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring on Monday defended his handling of a blackface scandal, and he did not rule out a future run for governor at the same time he promised to repair the harm he's caused. Speaking on The Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU in Washington, the 57-year-old Herring...

APNewsBreak: Pre-election lawsuit threat led to Iowa payout

Feb. 28, 2019 3:51 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The state of Iowa accelerated an unprecedented $4.15 million settlement with two sexual harassment victims after a lawyer for one of them threatened a lawsuit days before the election that would dig into Gov. Kim Reynolds' longtime association with the agency director who harassed...

Hickenlooper hires Iowa organizer as he considers 2020 bid

Feb. 22, 2019 5:17 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has hired an Iowa organizer as he considers a 2020 Democratic presidential bid. Hickenlooper's Leadership PAC hired Ferguson Yacyshyn (yah-SIHSH'-ihn) as an adviser. If Hickenlooper runs, Yacyshyn would likely become the campaign's caucus director....