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Trump plays central role in South Carolina governor debate

Jun. 20, 2018 9:57 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster was an early supporter of presidential candidate Donald Trump, who had never run for political office. McMaster's opponent said Wednesday it's inconsistent for McMaster to now say there's no time for on-the-job training where the governorship is...

Former Syracuse mayor is running for NY governor

Jun. 18, 2018 3:11 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Stephanie Miner, an ex-Syracuse mayor and former ally of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, announced Monday that she's running for governor as an independent. Miner, a 48-year-old registered Democrat, said she's launching her campaign to disrupt what she referred to as Albany's "corrupt...

In Senate race launched by #MeToo, 2 women have inside track

Jun. 17, 2018 11:06 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — In Minnesota's surprise race to fill Al Franken's former Senate seat, the two women running tell their own versions of a familiar story. Democrat Tina Smith, who filled the former "Saturday Night Live" cast member's seat in January after he resigned, recalls being asked if she could...

Arizona Republicans brush off talk about McCain Senate seat

Jun. 16, 2018 10:31 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Sen. John McCain's legacy was thrust into focus nearly one year ago when he announced his brain cancer diagnosis. The six-term Senator and decorated Vietnam War veteran is now fighting the illness from his beloved Arizona, and filling the role of one of the few Congressional Republican...

Democrats set earlier 2020 convention date

Jun. 15, 2018 12:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats have set their 2020 presidential nominating convention for the middle of July. Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez says in a statement that party will convene July 13-16 to a get a head start on the general election campaign. Democrats are expecting a bruising...

Big hurdles for bold push to split California into 3 states

Jun. 13, 2018 9:35 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians will face a choice this November of whether to divide the nation's most populous state into three, an effort that would radically shake up not only the West Coast, but the entire nation. The "Cal 3" initiative is driven by venture capitalist Tim Draper, who has tried...

San Francisco elects first African-American woman as mayor

Jun. 13, 2018 9:31 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Supervisor London Breed emerged victorious Wednesday to become the city's first African-American woman mayor after narrowly defeating a rival who was seeking to become the first openly gay man in the position. It took eight days of counting after Election Day for Breed to...

Election win puts Democrats close to taking Wisconsin Senate

Jun. 13, 2018 6:18 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Democratic win in another Wisconsin special election has the party within striking distance of recapturing the state Senate and ending Gov. Scott Walker and his fellow Republicans' stranglehold on state government, a priority for Democrats nationally as another round of redistricting...

The Latest: Democrat's win could curb Wisconsin GOP's sway

Jun. 13, 2018 2:59 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin legislative elections (all times local): 2 p.m. A special election win has Democrats within striking distance of recapturing the Wisconsin state Senate and ending Republicans' stranglehold on state government. Caleb Frostman's win over Republican Andre Jacque in...

The Latest: Ranked-choice fans want to broaden its use

Jun. 13, 2018 12:18 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Latest on Maine's first use of ranked-choice voting in a statewide primary (all times local): 12:15 p.m. Proponents of ranked-choice voting in Maine say they will push hard for a constitutional amendment to bring the voting method to all elections in the state. Voters chose to...