Latest 2018 United States general election News

Florida voter turnout in 2018 buoyed by youth, Hispanics

Apr. 23, 2019 4:06 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Voter turnout in Florida jumped to more than 52% in last year's midterm elections from almost 45% in the 2014 midterm races, buoyed by increased ballot-casting by young voters and Hispanics, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures released Tuesday. But even though the swing state had...

Florida man pleads guilty in pipe bomb mailings that targeted CNN and Trump critics before midterm elections

Mar. 21, 2019 4:39 PM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — Florida man pleads guilty in pipe bomb mailings that targeted CNN and Trump critics before midterm elections.

The Latest: N Carolina operative out of jail in ballot case

Feb. 28, 2019 3:43 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the unresolved North Carolina congressional race (all times local): 3:40 p.m. The main suspect in the ballot-fraud allegations at the bottom of a still-unsettled North Carolina congressional election is out of jail. Leslie McCrae Dowless was released Thursday from the...

Political operative arrested in North Carolina scandal

Feb. 27, 2019 7:03 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The political operative at the center of an election fraud scandal that has engulfed a North Carolina congressional race was arrested Wednesday on charges of illegal ballot handling and conspiracy. Four people working for him were also charged. Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr., 63, was...

Timeline: North Carolina's absentee ballot scandal

Feb. 27, 2019 5:08 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An operative in North Carolina's unresolved congressional race was charged Wednesday with obstruction and illegal ballot possession related to 2016 and 2018 elections. Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr. had been the target of multiple investigations into his election activities over the years,...

The Latest: Election dates in US House race set next week

Feb. 27, 2019 3:14 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the unresolved North Carolina congressional race (all times local): 2:05 p.m. North Carolina's elections board will meet next week to schedule a new congressional election after last November's race was tainted by evidence of ballot fraud. The state elections board said...

Well-known Republicans steer clear of disputed US House race

Feb. 27, 2019 1:06 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Three well-known Republicans are staying out of a North Carolina congressional race that had to be re-run because suspicions of ballot fraud tainted the first try, leaving lesser-known candidates to try to maintain the GOP's 50-year hold on the seat. Mark Harris, the apparent winner of...

GOP candidate in disputed US House race not running again

Feb. 26, 2019 6:10 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Republican candidate whose narrow lead in a North Carolina congressional race was thrown out because of suspicions of ballot fraud announced Tuesday he will not run in the newly ordered do-over election, saying he needs surgery late next month. The withdrawal of Mark Harris could...

The Latest: Pittenger doesn't plan to run again for old seat

Feb. 26, 2019 3:44 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on a new election being held for a North Carolina congressional seat after the state elections board reviewed evidence of ballot fraud (all times local): 3:40 p.m. The former GOP congressman who once held a seat now embroiled in a ballot-fraud scandal says he doesn't plan to...