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Karina Shumate, 21, a college student studying stenography, fills out a voter registration form in Richardson, Texas, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. Democrats are hoping this is the year they can finally make political headway in Texas and have set their sights on trying to win a majority in one house of the state Legislature. Among the hurdles they'll have to overcome are a series of voting restrictions Texas Republicans have implemented in recent years, including the nation's toughest voter ID law, purging of voter rolls and reductions in polling places. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

In Texas and other states, voters face a variety of barriers

Jan. 19, 2020 9:15 AM EST

Democrats believe they have a shot at making gains this year in Republican-dominated Texas, including winning control of one house of the Legislature for the first time in nearly two decades. Persuading voters isn't their only challenge. Voting and registration rules crafted by Republicans in recent years also...

In this January 11, 2020 photo former congressman, US Senate and Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke speaks before a crowd of campaign volunteers for Eliz Markowitz in Katy, Texas. Markowitz is an educator running for district 148 of the Texas state house. O'Rourke and other national Democrats have endorsed Markowitz, her race is being viewed as a bellwether for national politics in 2020. (AP Photo/ John L. Mone)

2020's first big test? Not Iowa, but a tiny Texas House race

Jan. 18, 2020 6:20 PM EST

KATY, Texas (AP) — Beto O'Rourke is livestreaming again. Joe Biden and Julián Castro are making their presence felt. Mike Bloomberg has knocked on doors and outside groups are running TV attack ads. On the brink of 2020's first big contest, it all screams high stakes. Not in Iowa. This is just for a...

Democratic presidential candidate Bloomberg plans Tulsa stop

Jan. 17, 2020 7:02 PM EST

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg is making his first campaign stop to Tulsa to announce a policy on “economic mobility." The former New York City mayor will deliver a speech Sunday outlining his proposal that he says will offer a new path toward prosperity for...

Democratic Presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks during a rally Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Can cash buy the Dem nomination? Two billionaires are trying

Jan. 11, 2020 12:51 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Billionaires Michael Bloomberg and Tom Steyer are testing an unproven theory in the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination: that their vast personal wealth can buy the trophy. Not since Texas businessman Ross Perot spent $63.5 million in 1992 (more than $100 million in today's...

Obama, Clinton delegate guru joins long-shot Steyer campaign

Jan. 3, 2020 3:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The man who helped engineer Barack Obama's and Hillary Clinton's successful delegate strategy is joining long-shot Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer's campaign. Jeff Berman, who had been the delegate strategist for Beto O'Rourke's aborted 2020 candidacy, said Friday that he's...

FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., speaks during a stop at the Corner Sundry in Indianola, Iowa. Democrat Amy Klobuchar says she will become the first major 2020 candidate to have visited all 99 Iowa counties after stops scheduled for Friday in the lead off caucus state. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Klobuchar's Iowa tour: Bragging point and caucus strategy

Dec. 28, 2019 3:10 PM EST

HUMBOLDT, Iowa (AP) — To Amy Klobuchar, her just-completed tour of all 99 Iowa counties proves a point: As president, she would go everywhere and represent everyone, even in the heart of Trump country. That's “part of my way of being,” the Minnesota senator told Iowans at a rural restaurant...

FILE - In this July 1, 2019, file photo, Air Force veteran MJ Hegar poses for a photo in Round Rock, Texas. Hegar is the choice of Senate Democrats' campaign arm to take on Republican incumbent John Cornyn in 2020, picking up a key endorsement Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, in a crowded and widely unknown field of challengers. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Texas' MJ Hegar gets endorsement of Senate Democrats

Dec. 16, 2019 8:56 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Air Force veteran MJ Hegar of Texas is the choice of Senate Democrats' campaign arm to take on Republican incumbent John Cornyn in 2020, picking up a key endorsement Monday in a crowded and widely unknown field of challengers. Hegar received national attention in 2018 behind viral...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, one of seven scheduled Democratic candidates participating in a public education forum, gives her opening statement, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, in Pittsburgh. Topics at the event planned for discussion ranged from student services and special education to education equity and justice issues. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Turbulence shakes Democrats going into final debate of 2019

Dec. 16, 2019 11:23 AM EST

CLINTON, Iowa (AP) — Seven Democratic presidential candidates will stand on stage this week in Los Angeles, a pool of survivors who have withstood almost a year on the campaign trail, sustained attacks from rivals in both major political parties and five rounds of high-pressure debates. And while the field...

In this Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019 photo, Democrat Royce West, left, a Texas state senator who is running for U.S. Senate in Texas, talks with local party organizer Jimmy Alan Hall after a campaign stop in San Marcos, Texas. West is one of a dozen Democrats in Texas running to challenge Republican incumbent John Cornyn in 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Weber)

With O'Rourke not running for Senate, many don't know who is

Dec. 14, 2019 9:18 AM EST

SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) — It's finally official: Beto O'Rourke isn't running for Senate in Texas. The problem for Democrats is most voters don't know who is. Unusually high hopes among Democrats for Texas in 2020 are facing an unsettled post-Betomania landscape: a dozen Senate challengers and no clear...

Democratic presidential candidate and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks during a press conference at the Lucy Craft Laney Museum in Augusta, Ga., Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. (Michael Holahan/The Augusta Chronicle via AP)

2020 newcomer Bloomberg stepping onto international stage

Dec. 9, 2019 5:38 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg launched his campaign less than three weeks ago, but he is already making his first foreign trip as a presidential candidate. The Democrat will appear Tuesday at a United Nations global climate conference in Madrid, where he'll share the results of his...