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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....

Favorites for Franken's Minnesota seat reflect #MeToo's rise

Aug. 14, 2018 12:35 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The sudden downfall of Sen. Al Franken amid the rise of the #MeToo movement set the course for what could be a two-woman race to finish his term, part of an unusual primary Tuesday featuring both of Minnesota's Senate seats on the same ballot. Franken's successor, Democrat Tina Smith,...

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...

Lawmakers impeach all 4 W.Va. court justices over spending

Aug. 14, 2018 12:26 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers completed the extraordinary move of impeaching all four state Supreme Court justices Monday night for spending issues, including a suspended justice facing a 23-count federal indictment. The state House of Delegates voted to impeach Justice Allen Loughry on...

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...

2 Trump loyalists vie to take on Wisconsin Sen. Baldwin

Aug. 14, 2018 12:12 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican primary battle for a Wisconsin U.S. Senate seat pits two loyalists to President Donald Trump who agree on most of the issues. The winner of Tuesday's primary between Kevin Nicholson and state Sen. Leah Vukmir will face Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin in November....

Reports of election site hacking rankle Florida officials

Aug. 13, 2018 8:32 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Child's play or a signs of a serious security problem in one of the nation's swing states? That's the question confronting Florida election officials who are pushing back against reports that an 11-year-old hacked a replica of the state's election website. Multiple media outlets...

Marco Rubio's next act won't include another run vs. Trump

Aug. 13, 2018 7:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After flaming out in the GOP presidential primary — and enduring rival Donald Trump's taunts along the way — Sen. Marco Rubio is entering his next act in politics. The once-rising star used to be criticized for being in too much of a hurry, but now he's hunkered down in the...

Trump's Harley boycott call roils Wisconsin primary

Aug. 13, 2018 6:08 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson both came out Monday against boycotting Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson, the day after President Donald Trump said it would be "great" if there was a boycott. Trump's Sunday tweet forced Walker and other...

Newest US sanctions against Russia hit an economic nerve

Aug. 13, 2018 12:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia typically brushes off new U.S. sanctions. Not this time. The Trump administration announcement of export restrictions in response to accusations Moscow used a nerve agent to poison a former Russian spy in Britain sent the ruble tumbling to a two-year low and drew a stern warning...