Latest State elections News

Noem, Sutton spar over income tax claim in governor debate

Oct. 23, 2018 10:46 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Republican Kristi Noem repeatedly sought to banish Democratic challenger Billie Sutton's moderate image Tuesday during their first South Dakota governor's race debate, even as Sutton rebuffed claims that he supports an income tax in the heavily conservative state. Noem, a four-term...

Abrams, Kemp spar over voting access in Georgia debate

Oct. 23, 2018 10:37 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Charges of voter suppression and counterclaims of encouraging illegal voting dominated the first debate between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp in the race for Georgia governor. Disputes over voting access took center stage at Tuesday evening's debate, highlighting Abrams'...

Anti-gay marriage clerk in Kentucky faces voters in forum

Oct. 23, 2018 9:59 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Jailed in 2015 for refusing to issue marriage licenses after gay weddings became legal, a Kentucky clerk running for re-election told voters on Tuesday she did not treat anyone unfairly and her act of defiance was to protect the state's Constitution. "I did not treat anybody unfairly....

Hagel: Democratic Sen. Heitkamp has veterans' backs

Oct. 23, 2018 9:45 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Former Republican senator and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told North Dakota military veterans Tuesday that Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is a bipartisan, common sense lawmaker who will continue to look out for their interests. "She is a straight-shooter who does not look through a...

The Latest: Noem takes on Sutton's moderate image at debate

Oct. 23, 2018 9:43 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The Latest on the first debate in South Dakota's race for governor (all times local): 8:35 p.m. Republican Kristi Noem repeatedly sought to banish Democratic challenger Billie Sutton's moderate image at their first debate in the South Dakota governor's race even as Sutton rebuffed...

The Latest: Fire alarm interrupts Georgia governor's debate

Oct. 23, 2018 9:27 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the first debate in the Georgia governor's race (all times local): 9:25 p.m. A fire alarm interrupted the debate between Georgia's gubernatorial candidates, causing the event to come to a brief halt. Libertarian candidate Ted Metz was in the middle of answering a question...

Tennessee groups seek court order, claim election violations

Oct. 23, 2018 8:42 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Two groups in Tennessee say they've witnessed multiple legal violations by election officials and are asking a court to intervene. The Tennessee Black Voter Project and the Memphis branch of the NAACP said in a news release Tuesday that their representatives witnessed the violations...

Payday loan job shadows exec's run for Connecticut governor

Oct. 23, 2018 8:26 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — In his run for Connecticut governor, Republican businessman Bob Stefanowski touts his stints with blue-chip companies like General Electric and UBS Investment Bank. But the role getting all the attention is his most recent job as CEO of a global payday lending company. Rivals have...

North Carolina lieutenant governor in voter fraud video

Oct. 23, 2018 8:22 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Amid a push to pass a photo ID requirement for North Carolina elections, the state's lieutenant governor appears in a video that offers instructions on how to commit voter fraud in the state. The video , posted on Facebook, features Lt. Gov. Dan Forest telling how a group could collect...

California schools race sets record for most expensive

Oct. 23, 2018 7:52 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is again recording the most expensive state superintendent election in history, with a cast of billionaires who are outspending the teachers unions in support of a former charter schools executive. The California State Superintendent of Public Instruction is a...