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Midwest Democrats look to Tuesday's races to upend GOP gains

Aug. 14, 2018 6:00 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democrats are fighting to beat back Republican gains across the Midwest as the 2018 primary season roars through Wisconsin and Minnesota, two states where President Donald Trump's appeal among working-class voters threaten to upend decadeslong political trends this fall and beyond....

What to Watch: Minn.,Wis. primaries test allegiance to Trump

Aug. 14, 2018 12:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans who once criticized President Donald Trump are now fighting each other for his support. Minnesota faces a #metoo moment. And Democrats weigh whether to send the "Iron Stache" to Congress. What to watch as voters in four states — Minnesota, Wisconsin, Vermont and...

8 Democrats seek to challenge Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

Aug. 14, 2018 12:30 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The eight Democrats running for governor in Wisconsin have largely kept their focus on Republican Gov. Scott Walker ahead of Tuesday's primary, while Walker has repeatedly warned his supporters of a possible "blue wave." Walker, who is seeking his third term as governor after an...

3 Democrats seek Minnesota governor post Pawlenty wants back

Aug. 14, 2018 12:25 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Democrats were settling a three-way battle for governor in Tuesday's stacked primary election, while former two-term Gov. Tim Pawlenty sought to win back his old job on the Republican side. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton's departure had his party scrambling to hang on to what...

Ryan's retirement fuels Democrats' hopes of picking up seat

Aug. 14, 2018 12:09 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan's retirement creates an opening in his southeastern Wisconsin congressional district for the first time in 20 years, fueling hopes among Democrats that they can pick up the seat that leans Republican. But a former Ryan aide from a prominent family in his...

Final stage of counting Kansas GOP primary votes continues

Aug. 14, 2018 12:04 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas county election officials were set to continue reviewing some 9,000 provisional ballots Tuesday as the two candidates in the state's tight GOP primary for governor appeared to dig in for a long battle. On Monday, more than two-thirds of the state's counties reviewed provisional...

Kansas GOP governor candidates dig in for long ballot fight

Aug. 13, 2018 9:07 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas election officials began reviewing some 9,000 provisional ballots Monday as the two candidates in the state's tight GOP primary for governor appeared to dig in for a long and potentially nasty legal fight that could take weeks to play out. Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a...

The Latest: Kobach hangs on to narrow lead as count begins

Aug. 13, 2018 6:49 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on the Republican gubernatorial primary race between Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer and Secretary of State Kris Kobach (all times local): 5:50 p.m. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach hung on to his narrow lead for the Republican nomination in the governor's race, but the state's...

Collins' exit prompts GOP scramble, ballot questions

Aug. 13, 2018 5:57 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Republicans may have to nominate U.S. Rep. Chris Collins for another political office in order to strip his name from the November ballot after the three-term conservative lawmaker dropped his re-election bid following insider trading charges. The odd move may be necessitated by New...

Democrats look to longshot territory for midterm gains

Aug. 13, 2018 5:06 PM EDT

MASON, Ohio (AP) — As Aftab Pureval campaigns for Congress in southwest Ohio, he sometimes smilingly introduces himself as "a brown dude with a funny name." The Ohio native is the son of a Tibet-born mother and India-born father. He first upset the Cincinnati political order in 2016, winning the Hamilton...