Latest State elections News

Group sues Tennessee county over invalid voter registrations

Oct. 16, 2018 5:30 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A group representing black voters is suing the election commission in Tennessee's largest county, which includes Memphis, after thousands of registrations were deemed invalid by the commission. The Tennessee Black Voter Project filed a lawsuit Monday in Shelby County Chancery Court...

Debate may be O'Rourke's last chance to cut into Cruz lead

Oct. 16, 2018 5:17 PM EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Democrat Beto O'Rourke is hoping to reverse polls showing him fading against Republican incumbent Ted Cruz in the second debate of a Texas Senate race that's become one of the nation's most-watched. O'Rourke is giving up his El Paso congressional seat to challenge Cruz and shattered...

Maryland's Jealous would broaden gun-control, oppose Trump

Oct. 16, 2018 5:06 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Democrat Ben Jealous said Tuesday that if he were elected governor over a popular Republican incumbent he would support broadening a new Maryland gun-control law to restrict firearms access to people found to be a risk to themselves or others. The former NAACP president also said he would...

The Latest: Nevada pimp to stay on ballot despite death

Oct. 16, 2018 4:43 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the death of Nevada brothel owner and Republican political candidate Dennis Hof (all times local): 1:20 p.m. A Nevada brothel owner and state Assembly candidate who was found dead Tuesday will remain on the ballot in the race for a statehouse seat in this November's election....

The Latest: Bredesen backs drug price negotiation idea

Oct. 16, 2018 4:20 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Senate race in Tennessee (all times local): 2:45 p.m. Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen is backing a plan for the federal government to negotiate drug prices with pharmaceutical companies. Bredesen told a room of business leaders in Nashville on...

Ex-Kentucky senator who lost to Mitch McConnell in 1984 dies

Oct. 16, 2018 3:46 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Walter "Dee" Huddleston, a former two-term U.S. senator who lost his re-election bid in 1984 to Republican Mitch McConnell in one of Kentucky's most storied and pivotal political campaigns, died Tuesday. He was 92. The ex-senator died in his sleep at his son's home in Warsaw,...

Lee won't use 'biblical' victim witness standard if governor

Oct. 16, 2018 3:41 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A pastor who's an adviser to Tennessee GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee says the Bible requires victims of sexual misconduct and other offenses to have at least two or three witnesses. Steve Berger, pastor of Franklin-based Grace Chapel, made the remarks during a Sept. 30 sermon...

California agency, gas tax backers worked closely together

Oct. 16, 2018 3:30 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As the political battle to overturn California's gas tax increase intensified, the state transportation agency coordinated frequently with the public affairs firm working to block the repeal on behalf of unions, construction companies and local government groups, emails obtained...

Kansas governor's race is referendum on notorious tax cuts

Oct. 16, 2018 3:13 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A contentious Kansas governor's race has become a referendum on how a Republican experiment in slashing income taxes went awry, what lessons arose from the budget misery that followed and whether the state needs a do-over. Democratic nominee Laura Kelly, a veteran state senator,...

The Latest: Kelly pledges bipartisan team as Kansas governor

Oct. 16, 2018 2:39 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on the Kansas governor's race (all times local): 1:35 p.m. Democratic candidate Laura Kelly is promising to appoint a bipartisan Cabinet is she's elected Kansas governor. Kelly made the pledge during a debate Tuesday in Wichita at a Kansas Association of Broadcasters...