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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says he's ending presidential bid

Aug. 21, 2019 11:15 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who made fighting climate change the central theme of his presidential campaign, announced Wednesday night that he is ending his bid for the 2020 Democratic nomination. Inslee said that he was confident that Democrats would select a nominee who would...

Mississippi Republican governor candidates spar in debate

Aug. 21, 2019 9:31 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two Republicans running for Mississippi governor were asked during a televised debate Wednesday night to name one disagreement they've had with current Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said he and Bryant have been in step up to 98% of the time on big issues, including...

The Latest: Reeves, Waller: Driver's license lines too long

Aug. 21, 2019 8:53 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on the Mississippi governor's race (all times local): 7:40 p.m. Two Republican candidates for Mississippi governor say they want to increase teacher pay and shorten the wait time at driver's license bureaus. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and retired Mississippi Supreme Court Justice...

Julián Castro qualifies for September presidential debates

Aug. 20, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro said Tuesday that he has qualified for the next presidential debates, reaching a polling threshold for the round taking place in September in Houston. The former Obama housing chief and former mayor of San Antonio announced that he...

Energized liberals fear Warren, Sanders can't beat Trump

Aug. 16, 2019 2:16 PM EDT

BERLIN, N.H. (AP) — They want fundamental change: single-payer health care, debt-free college, environmental protections and the end of big money in politics. But as liberal voters size up the two leading candidates running on those values — Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren — one question...

Democratic candidates blame Trump, NRA for inaction on guns

Aug. 10, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates on Saturday placed responsibility for inaction on gun violence in the hands of President Donald Trump and the National Rifle Association, in the face of broad national support for some gun control measures. "If most Americans insist that something...

Andrew Yang qualifies for fall presidential debates

Aug. 9, 2019 8:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang has qualified for the next presidential debates. The former technology executive earned 2 percent in a new Monmouth University poll of Iowa voters. That qualifies him for the September debate, which requires donations from at least 130,000...

Too many candidates: Some Iowans tired of massive 2020 field

Aug. 9, 2019 1:19 AM EDT

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Jake Poorman is exhausted. He's been trying to get every Democratic presidential candidate to sign a baseball, a souvenir of the wildest Democratic primary he's seen in his 60 years as an Iowan. He's gathered so many signatures — 16 — he had to get another ball. That,...

Pressure mounts on Hickenlooper, but Senate is no sure bet

Aug. 8, 2019 10:34 PM EDT

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — As his campaign cash dwindles and he continues to scrape the bottom in polls, pressure is mounting on former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to trade in his faltering presidential bid for a U.S. Senate run in his home state. But the decision will not be an easy one for the...

Popular 'Bachelorette' finale boosts ABC in ratings

Aug. 6, 2019 6:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Summer's most popular entertainment series, NBC's "America's Got Talent," had a little competition last week. ABC's "The Bachelorette" delivered its best ratings for the franchise in two years along with a surprise finale last week, when Hannah Brown revealed she had called off the...