Latest Gubernatorial elections News

Democratic candidates make pitches to party leaders

Feb. 23, 2019 6:19 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Three prominent Democrats took turns Saturday pitching their credentials as the strongest challenger to Republican Gov. Matt Bevin as they appeared before party leaders hungry to win back the governor's mansion. Attorney General Andy Beshear recounted his record of beating Bevin in...

Hickenlooper hires Iowa organizer as he considers 2020 bid

Feb. 22, 2019 5:17 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has hired an Iowa organizer as he considers a 2020 Democratic presidential bid. Hickenlooper's Leadership PAC hired Ferguson Yacyshyn (yah-SIHSH'-ihn) as an adviser. If Hickenlooper runs, Yacyshyn would likely become the campaign's caucus director....

Edelen calls for overhaul of criminal-justice system

Feb. 22, 2019 3:14 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Adam Edelen said Friday he wants to make changes to Kentucky's criminal justice system from start to finish, with proposals spanning pre-trial bail to restoration of voting rights for nonviolent felons who served their time. Edelen also called for a...

Virginia Gov. Northam meets with civil rights leaders

Feb. 22, 2019 3:10 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam pledged to civil rights leaders Friday to "do everything that I can do bring good from what happened" after a scandal over a racist yearbook photo and an admission of wearing blackface imperiled his governorship earlier this month. Northam met with members...

Democrats try to make gains with governors in 2019 elections

Feb. 22, 2019 10:32 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Though the national political focus has largely turned to the 2020 presidential campaign, three Southern states will see hard-fought governors' races this year, with Democrats trying to show they can compete in Donald Trump territory. Democrats hope to unseat Kentucky's Republican...

Electronic voting machines clear hurdles in Georgia House

Feb. 21, 2019 7:02 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia voters could soon get new electronic touchscreen voting machines that print a paper ballot under fast-moving legislation approved Thursday by a House subcommittee and then by the full committee. The full committee vote split 13 to 6 along party lines, with Republicans in support....

Correction: Election 2020-Elizabeth Warren story

Feb. 11, 2019 6:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Feb. 6 about Elizabeth Warren, The Associated Press reported erroneously the position that Democratic activist Fawn Douglas holds at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is a part-time instructor, not a professor. A corrected version of the story is below: Warren struggles...

The Latest: Sen Warner: 'Sexual assault is never acceptable'

Feb. 8, 2019 11:35 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the fallout after two top Virginia Democrats admitted wearing blackface and another was accused of sexual assault (all times local): 11:15 p.m. U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia is calling on Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax to resign after two women went public with allegations of...

Scandals drive calls for top Virginia leadership to resign

Feb. 8, 2019 11:28 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's state government seemed to come unglued Friday as an embattled Gov. Ralph Northam made it clear he won't resign and the man in line to succeed him was hit with another sexual assault accusation and barraged with demands that he step down, too. Top Democrats, including a...

Mississippi lt. gov took part in Confederate frat parties

Feb. 8, 2019 5:11 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — While in college in the 1990s, Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves took part in his fraternity's Old South parties. And at such Kappa Alpha parties, members often wore Confederate costumes, a common practice among chapters in the South at the time. A yearbook photo from Reeves' time in...