Latest State elections News

After Supreme Court ruling, NC gerrymandering case begins

Jul. 15, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A partisan gerrymandering trial began Monday in North Carolina, where election advocacy groups and Democrats hope state courts will favor them in a political mapmaking dispute that the U.S. Supreme Court just declared is not the business of the federal courts. Lawyers for Common Cause,...

Shaheen takes in $1.9 million for second quarter

Jul. 15, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Democrat Jeanne Shaheen raised more than $1.9 million in the latest fundraising quarter as she seeks a third term in the U.S. Senate. Shaheen's campaign says her second-quarter haul is more than any other New Hampshire candidate raised for that time period, exceeding the $1.49 million...

Campaign says Collins has outraised her 2014 reelection bid

Jul. 15, 2019 2:03 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Republican Sen. Susan Collins's campaign says she has brought in $2 million in the second quarter of 2019. That's far ahead of the over $1 million Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Sara Gideon says she brought in between June 24 and June 30. Collins campaign Monday says she has $5.4...

Utah GOP hires former top Mia Love aide

Jul. 15, 2019 11:34 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah GOP has named a former top aide to former Congresswoman Mia Love as its new executive director. The Deseret News reports Laurel Price is the first major hire by new State Republican Party Chairman Derek Brown, and he says she will be key to the Republican effort to take back...

GOP Sen. Cornyn reports $9M on hand for re-election bid

Jul. 15, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas says he's now sitting on $9 million for his re-election bid that's likely to be among the closest-watched Senate races of 2020. Cornyn announced Monday he raised more than $2.5 million during the latest fundraising quarter. Air Force veteran MJ...

GOP official: Ohio election on St. Patrick's Day would be OK

Jul. 15, 2019 5:26 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Republican who is Ohio's elections chief says the state can handle having its presidential primary on St. Patrick's Day next year if lawmakers make that change in the still-unsettled state budget. The proposed move from March 10 to March 17 drew objections from some Democratic...

Old software makes new electoral systems ripe for hacking

Jul. 15, 2019 3:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pennsylvania's message was clear: The state was taking a big step to keep its elections from being hacked in 2020. Last April, its top election official told counties they had to update their systems. So far, nearly 60% have taken action, with $14.15 million of mostly federal funds...

Marijuana arrests in Wisconsin hit black residents hardest

Jul. 14, 2019 10:25 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — During Wisconsin's 2018 midterm election, which saw a record-breaking turnout, it was not the close gubernatorial race that motivated Milwaukee resident Marlon Rockett to cast an early ballot. It was the county's non-binding referendum on whether recreational use of marijuana should be...

AP Exclusive: New election systems use vulnerable software

Jul. 13, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pennsylvania's message was clear: The state was taking a big step to keep its elections from being hacked in 2020. Last April, its top election official told counties they had to update their systems. So far, nearly 60% have taken action, with $14.15 million of mostly federal funds...

Parade of Democratic candidates speak at Montana convention

Jul. 13, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A parade of Montana Democratic candidates made their opening arguments Saturday on how they can hold onto the governor's office and win back lost ground in a 2020 election that one party leader described as a fight for the nation's soul. More than 100 Democratic delegates from across...