Latest State elections News

Democrats in Nevada work to boost digital ads ahead of 2020

Sep. 22, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — As Democrats race to outpace President Donald Trump's aggressive online operation ahead of the 2020 election, the left's largest super PAC touched down in Nevada this week to help local advocacy groups sharpen their internet presence. The training, a four-day boot camp where participants...

Analysis: Candidates spin numbers on government employment

Sep. 22, 2019 7:46 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi has about 3,900 fewer state government employees now than it did five years ago, and the employees' average salary has increased by about $3,700. The statistics are from the Mississippi State Personnel Board, and candidates are putting their own spin on them in this year's...

UAW strike puts Trump, GOP in political bind in key states

Sep. 22, 2019 4:50 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democrats were quick to back working-class United Auto Workers in their strike against General Motors, delivering doughnuts and holding picket signs outside factories to show solidarity. It's a union they long have aligned with politically. There were no doughnuts from Republicans....

Steak, beer and politics: 2020 Democrats descend on Iowa

Sep. 21, 2019 10:34 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates made a colorful and often loud pitch to Iowa Democrats at the Steak Fry fundraiser in Des Moines on Saturday as a new poll showed Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden in a close race in the state. The event, a fundraiser for the Polk County Democratic...

State election officials to consider Bridgeport ballot probe

Sep. 21, 2019 3:05 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The State Elections Enforcement Commission plans to hold a special meeting Monday to decide whether to investigate allegations of absentee ballot irregularities in Bridgeport's recent Democratic primary for mayor. The planned meeting comes after Hearst Connecticut Media reported...

Rep. Joe Kennedy formally announces US Senate campaign

Sep. 21, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III formally declared his candidacy for the U.S. Senate on Saturday, becoming the first member of the Kennedy political dynasty to run for the upper chamber of Congress from Massachusetts since Edward M. Kennedy in 1962. The Democrat spoke to supporters gathered in a...

Young tech executive could stir Indiana governor's race

Sep. 21, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A young tech business executive's jump into the Indiana governor's race could lead to a big shake-up in the campaign. Josh Owens became this past week the second Democrat who's formally entered the 2020 race seeking to unseat Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb. The 34-year-old CEO of...

Election do-over set in part of Mississippi Senate district

Sep. 20, 2019 6:58 PM EDT

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — A special election will be Nov. 5 in part of a Mississippi Senate district — the same day as the general election for other offices. Gov. Phil Bryant on Friday set the date to finish the Republican primary in Senate District 50 in coastal Harrison County. A Republican committee...

Kentucky governor faces pushback over use of state aircraft

Sep. 20, 2019 2:32 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Republican governor has run into turbulence over his use of taxpayer-owned aircraft, creating another distraction for a reelection campaign already dogged by feuds with teachers, struggles over state pensions and a legal fight with his lieutenant governor. Gov. Matt Bevin...

Ohio GOP fined $100K for improperly funding voter database

Sep. 20, 2019 10:32 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Ohio Republican Party is paying a $100,000 civil penalty to the Federal Election Commission for improperly funding a 2014 voter turnout database built by the company of an ally of then-Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik). Cleveland.com reports an agreement announced last week cites the...