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Handful of races to set N. Carolina legislature rule, agenda

Oct. 31, 2020 6:45 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — FILE PHOTOS ON HOLD Control of the North Carolina General Assembly — which carries with it the leverage to shape current policies and draw district boundaries for the next decade — likely will come down to outcomes in about 15 closely contested House and Senate races. ...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to a gathering of supporters in Lawrenceburg, Ky., Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Hard-hitting U.S. Senate race headlines Kentucky election

Oct. 31, 2020 6:45 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — FOR USE ON SATURDAY With the pandemic-altered campaign in its closing days, Republicans are looking to reassert their dominance in Kentucky while Democrats are angling to tap into suburban support to make inroads in a state where they have struggled in recent years. After weeks of...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to reporters after casting his vote in the 2020 general election at the Kentucky Exhibition Center in Louisville, Ky., Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Races for president, Senate top Kentucky ballot

Oct. 31, 2020 6:42 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Races featuring re-election bids by President Donald Trump and his top ally on Capitol Hill, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, top the ballot in Kentucky. Other races to watch include all six Kentucky House seats, a seat on the Kentucky Supreme Court and two constitutional...

Abortion amendment, Abraham's successor on Louisiana ballot

Oct. 31, 2020 6:41 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The balance of power in Louisiana's U.S. House delegation — five Republicans and one Democrat — is unlikely to change in Tuesday's election, but there is a question as to who will represent a heavily Republican district where the incumbent is not seeking re-election. Five...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a drive-in rally at Cellairis Amphitheatre in Atlanta, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Vote will show Georgia as swing state or extend GOP control

Oct. 31, 2020 6:38 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The most competitive election cycle in decades could confirm Georgia as a swing state or leave Republicans still in control. After weeks of early balloting, voters on Tuesday will finish deciding whether the state awards its electoral votes to Democrat Joe Biden or again supports President...

Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty greets supporters at a polling place Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Brentwood, Tenn. Hagerty and Dr. Manny Sethi are competing to become the GOP nominee in the race to replace retiring Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

AP News Guide: A look at Tennessee’s election

Oct. 31, 2020 6:36 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — With all eyes on the presidential election, the biggest race in Tennessee remains the open U.S. Senate seat now that Republican incumbent Sen. Lamar Alexander is retiring as his term ends. A handful of U.S. House and legislative seats also remain competitive in the GOP-dominant...

U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, center, R-S.C., talks with state Reps. Chris Wooten, left, and Micah Caskey, right, at a get-out-the-vote event on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in West Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

SC Republicans face well-funded Democrats in US House races

Oct. 31, 2020 6:33 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's $175 million U.S. Senate race has received much of the attention this election cycle, but every incumbent in the state trying to return to Congress has a major party challenger in 2020. The most expensive and most watched U.S. House race involves Democrat U.S. Rep....

Republican challenger and state Rep. Nancy Mace and Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham greet each other prior to their debate, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, at the SCETV studios in Beaufort, S.C., in South Carolina's 1st Congressional District seat race. (Grace Beahm Alford/The Post And Courier via AP)

South Carolina Democrat Cunningham looks to stay in House

Oct. 31, 2020 6:31 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Before Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham was even sworn into office, Republicans vowed to win back the seat they lost in reliably red South Carolina in 2018. Two years and millions of dollars later, Cunningham is working hard to hold on to his seat in the district that stretches...

FILE- In this Sept. 18, 2020, file photo, Steven Daftarian of Fairfax, Va., and his daughter Laleh, 6, wait in a line stretching the equivalent of two football fields as hundreds line up for early voting at Fairfax County Government Center, in Fairfax, Va. Virginia voters this year will determine the staying power of a “blue wave” that flipped two competitive congressional districts two years ago, while also casting ballots for a U.S. Senate seat and the presidency. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Staying power of Virginia's 'blue wave' at stake on Nov. 3

Oct. 31, 2020 6:29 AM EDT

Virginia voters on Tuesday will determine the staying power of a “blue wave” that flipped two competitive congressional districts two years ago, while also casting ballots for a U.S. Senate seat and the presidency. As in other states, voters were deciding between Republican President Donald Trump...

Angie Calhoun of Madison, speaks about her son Austin, in the photo below the lectern, having to move to Colorado when he was 19 for medical marijuana treatment because treatment for his chronic conditions including focal seizures, severe joint pain and nausea then required his taking 17 prescriptions including opioids, during a Initiative 65 rally in Ridgeland, Miss., Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Initiative 65 would amend the Mississippi Constitution to allow the prescription by a doctor of up to 5 ounces (142 grams) of marijuana per month for people who suffer from more than 20 medical conditions. The state lawmakers are offering a more restrictive measure as an alternative. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Dueling medical marijuana measures on Mississippi ballot

Oct. 31, 2020 6:24 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — After years of seeing medical marijuana proposals shot down by the Mississippi Legislature, supporters decided to try something else: adding it to the state constitution. Citizens collected signatures of more than 100,000 Mississippi residents to force the issue onto the ballot. In...