Latest Gubernatorial elections News

Louisiana governor election won't uproot Medicaid expansion

Sep. 18, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Democratic governor, John Bel Edwards, moved quickly to expand Medicaid when he took office in 2016, making his state the only one in the Deep South to embrace that signature piece of President Barack Obama's health care law. And in a conservative state that solidly...

Bevin plays up immigration, abortion in new ads

Sep. 17, 2019 1:12 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Reinserting immigration into his reelection campaign, Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has embraced an issue Donald Trump rode to the presidency while acknowledging that illegal immigration isn't "a huge issue" for a state that lies far from the nation's borders. Bevin's campaign...

Beshear wins endorsement from Fraternal Order of Police

Sep. 16, 2019 10:04 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andy Beshear has won an endorsement from the Kentucky State Fraternal Order of Police. Beshear has stressed his record as attorney general in his campaign against Republican Gov. Matt Bevin. Beshear says he has worked with law enforcement on...

Bevin-Beshear competition extends to fundraising

Sep. 13, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The bitter competition between Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic challenger Andy Beshear spread to the size of their campaign bank accounts Friday. Both sides offered glimpses into their fundraising performances as the governor's race heads toward the pivotal final...

Former chief justice who pushed for innocence process dies

Sep. 12, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The conservative North Carolina chief justice and prosecutor who led the way for the state's unique innocence process was remembered after his death Thursday as a man who had the political strength to improve the criminal justice system when he saw evidence of its failures. Chief...

Kentucky candidates focus on abortion, gambling

Sep. 12, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic challenger Andy Beshear fought to shift the battleground of their bitter campaign Thursday, both turning to divisive issues to highlight their starkly different visions for Kentucky. Beshear doubled down on his support for expanded gambling as...

Education takes spotlight with Beshear ad, Bevin response

Sep. 9, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Public education grabbed the spotlight in Kentucky's race for governor on Monday as Democratic nominee Andy Beshear and Republican incumbent Matt Bevin exchanged caustic words over whether the state's schools are adequately funded. Beshear initiated the exchange by accusing Bevin in a...

Abrams tells Democrats: Go after Georgia, irregular voters

Sep. 9, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's Stacey Abrams dove headlong Monday into Democrats' debate over how to win in 2020, urging her party to treat her diversifying state as a key battleground and replicate her effort to bring new minority and younger voters to the polls nationwide rather than chasing white voters lost...

The Latest: Bevin says rival's education ad a 'scare tactic'

Sep. 9, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on Kentucky's gubernatorial candidates trading attacks on education funding (all times local): 2:15 p.m. Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has defended his record of supporting public education in response to a new TV ad hitting him on the issue. His Democratic...

Missouri GOP Gov. Parson announces 2020 bid to keep his job

Sep. 8, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Mike Parson is Missouri's unexpected governor, assuming power when his predecessor resigned in scandal. A little more than a year into his mostly uneventful stewardship of the state, the Republican governor announced Sunday that he's seeking a full term, and his folksy and...