Latest State elections News

The Latest: Utah sees spike in new COVID-19 cases

Jun. 3, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. ___ SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah is experiencing a spike in new COVID-19 cases about a month after...

FILE - In this May 12, 2020, file photo, Arjan Walia votes during a special election in Santa Clarita, Calif. California will establish hundreds of in-person voting places across the state for the November election, even in a year when every registered voter will be sent a mail-in ballot because of health concerns over the coronavirus. Counties must have at least one voting location per 10,000 registered voters. Statewide mail-in voting has been criticized by national Republicans as a possible pathway to large-scale voter fraud. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

California sets in-person voting rules under virus threat

Jun. 3, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday that California will establish hundreds of locations around the state where voters can cast ballots in-person, a month after he decided to send every registered voter a mail-in ballot for the November election. The decision is an effort by the...

Voter Kelli Gambill fills out her ballot at the Jefferson Education Society polling place, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Erie, Pa. Pennsylvania's primary election was postponed from April 28 because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Greg Wohlford/Erie Times-News via AP)

Pennsylvania counts ballots after a light-on-drama primary

Jun. 3, 2020 4:55 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Election officials worked through a mountain of still-uncounted ballots Wednesday after a Pennsylvania primary that was held amid civil unrest, a pandemic, the introduction of some new voting machines and the debut of mail-in balloting that pushed county bureaus to their limits. The...

FILE - In this March 15, 2019, file photo, state Sen. John Arthur Smith gestures while speaking to New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in Santa Fe, N.M. The chairman of a key legislative committee says New Mexico's finances have been hit by a double-whammy of a pandemic and an oil-price crash. But state Sen. John Arthur Smith said Monday, April 6, 2020, the blow will be somewhat cushioned by decisions made during the last legislative session to build up reserves. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee, File)

New Mexico Senate leaders lose primary bid amid liberal push

Jun. 3, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two key leaders in the New Mexico Senate have lost their primary bids amid a push by liberal advocacy groups to unseat Democratic lawmakers who have resisted their progressive agenda. Senate President Mary Kay Papen of Las Cruces and Senate finance committee leader John Arthur...

Peggy Kerins runs voted ballots through a tabulation machine during Montana's primary election Tuesday, June 2, 2020 in the City-County Building Tuesday in Helena. Montana’s June 2 primary is being held by mail because of the coronavirus.  (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP)

Montana candidates look forward to campaigning in person

Jun. 3, 2020 4:34 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana candidates who advanced to the general election said they're looking forward to the time when they can get back on the campaign trail rather than relying on phone calls to reach voters under directives in place to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. “Montanans expect...

This image provided by West Virginia governors office, Gov. Jim Justice holds a news conference regarding the COVID-19 epidemic, Friday, May 29, 2020 in Charleston, W.Va.   (West Virginia governors office via AP)

'Comeback kid'? Governor gets unlikely boost from virus

Jun. 3, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Before the coronavirus upended the world, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice was in trouble. His own party rebelled against him. Federal prosecutors investigated him. Embarrassing lawsuits loomed. But now some believe that the Republican governor has been able to use his daily...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Jun. 3, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ June 2 The Index-Journal on police brutality protests: Yes, the outrage is understandable. Yes, the frustration is understandable. Yes, the anger is understandable. Yes, the protests are understandable. And warranted. It is even understandable that given the...

Democratic congressional candidate Teresa Leger Fernandez, in the blue mask, cheers on supporters at a polling station Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Santa Fe, N.M. Fernandez was flanked by her three sons, left to right, Alisandro, Dario and Abelino. The sign she holds,

New Mexico close to historic all-female US House delegation

Jun. 3, 2020 1:01 PM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has moved closer to possibly sending a historic delegation of all women of color to the U.S. House. According to unofficial results from Tuesday's primary, Democrat Teresa Leger Fernandez, a Latina, won a seven-way race to capture her party’s nomination for the...

Democratic congressional candidate Teresa Leger Fernandez flashes a thumbs-up to drivers at a polling station Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Santa Fe, N.M. Opponents in the crowded Democratic primary included former CIA operative Valerie Plame. The sign she holds,

Democratic nomination eludes ex-CIA operative Valerie Plame

Jun. 3, 2020 4:01 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Former CIA operative and political gadfly Valerie Plame's bid for Congress was cut short in Tuesday's primary election by attorney Teresa Leger Fernandez, as New Mexico voters opted for familiar faces in House and Senate primaries. Leger Fernandez invoked her New Mexico heritage and...

FILE - In this March 15, 2019, file photo, state Sen. John Arthur Smith gestures while speaking to New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in Santa Fe, N.M. The chairman of a key legislative committee says New Mexico's finances have been hit by a double-whammy of a pandemic and an oil-price crash. But state Sen. John Arthur Smith said Monday, April 6, 2020, the blow will be somewhat cushioned by decisions made during the last legislative session to build up reserves. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee, File)

State senators face stiff competition in New Mexico primary

Jun. 3, 2020 3:54 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An embattled state senator who was convicted of drunken driving lost his bid for the Democratic nomination in a northern New Mexico district Tuesday, as several longtime legislators who have resisted initiatives ranging from spending increases to the legalization of recreational...