Latest 2016 United States presidential election News

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally outside Raymond James Stadium, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in Tampa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The Latest: Trump meets with rap star Lil Wayne in Florida

Oct. 29, 2020 8:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 8:45 p.m. President Donald Trump has met with rap star Lil Wayne at his resort in Doral, Florida. The artist posted a tweet on Thursday praising the president for his efforts at “criminal justice reform” and other...

426Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a drive-in rally at Broward College, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in Coconut Creek, Fla. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump fights headwinds as he and Biden battle over Florida

Oct. 29, 2020 7:09 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Pressing against stiff headwinds from the pandemic, President Donald Trump steered toward what he hoped was safer political ground with the U.S. economy Thursday, as Democratic rival Joe Biden kept up his assault on Trump’s handling of the coronavirus. Campaigning hours apart in...

Sandy Martinez begins filling in the first in-person ballot of the day at an early voting center on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in Santa Fe, N.M. Early voting centers opened Saturday across the state. In-person early voting extends for two weeks through Oct. 31. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

Election regulator optimistic about New Mexico vote count

Oct. 29, 2020 6:29 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's top election regulator said Thursday she is optimistic that an uncertified tally of votes can be accomplished statewide within one or two days after Election Day, amid a major shift toward voting by absentee ballots that take longer to tally. Secretary of State Maggie...

FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump arrives for a Latinos for Trump Coalition roundtable at Arizona Grand Resort & Spa in Phoenix. President Donald Trump is putting up a fight for Latino voters in key swing states with Democratic candidate Joe Biden. Polls show Biden with a commanding overall lead with Hispanic voters, a diverse group that defies neat political categories. Still, about 3 in 10 registered Latino voters nationwide back Trump, roughly consistent with how Latinos voted in 2018 congressional elections and in 2016. Latino men, like men of other races, support Trump more than Hispanic women. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Gender gap among Latino voters seen in some families

Oct. 29, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Paul Gonzales promised his wife he wouldn’t vote for Donald Trump in 2016. But the 60-year-old salesman in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa voted for him anyway and said he plans to do it again next week. Gonzales said he’s drawn to what he sees as Trump’s alignment with...

Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks at a mobile campaign event, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Harris target of more misinformation than Pence, data shows

Oct. 29, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Long before Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced her as his running mate, Kamala Harris was the target of widespread online misinformation. Social media posts included racist claims that she was ineligible to serve in the White House or that she was lying about her Black and...

Pence returns to Nevada for rally in final campaign stretch

Oct. 29, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence plans a rally Thursday at Reno-Tahoe International Airport, hoping to drum up support in Nevada, a state President Trump lost by only 2.4 percentage points in 2016. Both presidential campaigns have blitzed Nevada in the final run to Election Day, albeit in...

Florida judge resigns from election board over bias concerns

Oct. 29, 2020 3:38 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A local judge in a north Florida county resigned Thursday from a vote-counting board after concerns were raised about his political partisanship. The Florida Times-Union reports that Senior County Judge Brent Shore resigned from the Duval County Canvassing Board after the...

Brian Woodard removes his ballot from a voting booth on the first day of Tennessee's early voting Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. The early, in-person voting period runs Monday through Saturday until Thursday, Oct. 29. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Tennessee's early voting period ends Thursday

Oct. 29, 2020 3:32 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Thursday marks the last day in Tennessee to vote early in person for the Nov. 3 presidential election. Secretary of State Tre Hargett’s office says more than 2.1 million Tennesseans have voted as of the close of polls Wednesday, already surpassing the previous record of...

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham gestures to his campaign bus at a get-out-the-vote rally on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

In SC, Graham, Harrison near end of well-funded Senate fight

Oct. 29, 2020 1:02 PM EDT

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — As they cast ballots for U.S. Senate, South Carolina voters are faced with a choice: Reelect a powerful incumbent with a senior legislative role who has helped place conservative justices on the Supreme Court, or opt for a new Democratic challenger who promises to focus on issues...

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jaime Harrison speaks at a campaign rally on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in North Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

In South, most Black Senate candidates since Reconstruction

Oct. 29, 2020 11:40 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — In the battle for control of the U.S. Senate this year, the Deep South is fielding more Black candidates than it has since Reconstruction. In South Carolina, Jaime Harrison is raising a previously unfathomable amount of money in what has become a competitive fight to unseat one of the...