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Incumbents face challenges in Mississippi House, court races

Oct. 31, 2020 3:00 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Three out of four incumbents in Mississippi's U.S. Congressional Districts are facing challenges on Election Day. Two Republicans — Trent Kelly and Michael Guest — and the state federal delegation's sole Democrat, Bennie Thompson. Also on the ballot are several Supreme...

Voters cast their ballots for the general election at Victory Houston polling station in Houston, on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. The location was one of the Harris County's 24-hour locations. (Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Race for Texas intensifies amid surging turnout, COVID cases

Oct. 30, 2020 11:57 PM EDT

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Texas’ surprising status as a battleground came into clearer focus on Friday as Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris devoted one of the race's final days to campaigning across America's largest red state and early voter turnout zoomed past 9 million —...

Democratic candidate Jaime Harrison, left, and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, right, write notes as they prepare to debate on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. As he has before, Harrison brought a plexiglass barrier to separate him from Graham. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

SC's Graham, Harrison clash on criminal justice, health care

Oct. 30, 2020 9:23 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — On the Friday night before Election Day, Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison met in South Carolina's capital city of Columbia for their second and final debate, clashing over issues related to criminal justice reform, health care and political...

Democrats could take control of Arizona Legislature

Oct. 30, 2020 7:48 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Democrats have a shot at taking control of one or both chambers of the Arizona Legislature for the first time in nearly 30 years in Tuesday’s election. The prospect has drawn millions of dollars in spending on a handful of legislative races that will determine the balance of power,...

Tim McVean, 38, poses for a photo at a ballot drop-off location in Minneapolis after handing his ballot to election officials on Friday Oct. 30, 2020. McVean said he decided to drop off his ballot in-person after learning of an appeals court ruling Thursday evening that indicated mail-in ballots received after Election Day may not be counted. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ibrahim)

Minnesota Democrats ramp up push for absentee ballot turnout

Oct. 30, 2020 7:20 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Democrats and election officials on Friday urged people with absentee ballots not yet mailed to drop them off by hand or vote in person, a day after an appellate court’s ruling raised questions about whether ballots that arrive up to seven days beyond Election Day would...

FILE - In this July 17, 2020, file photo, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks during a coronavirus briefing at the Capitol, in Atlanta. Republican Gov. Kemp and his wife are quarantining after being exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, his spokesman announced Friday, Oct. 30. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Georgia governor tests negative for COVID-19 after exposure

Oct. 30, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp tested negative for COVID-19 after having had “direct exposure” to someone who tested positive, but he is quarantining as a precaution, according to a statement posted to his official Twitter account Friday. The statement said first lady...

Burgess Owens, Republican candidate in Utah's 4th Congressional District, poses for a photograph during a campaign stop Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, in Spring City, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Conspiracy theory QAnon bubbles into tossup Utah House race

Oct. 30, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The conspiracy theory QAnon bubbled into the forefront in a competitive race for a suburban Utah swing congressional district this week, another sign of how the baseless theory has diffused into mainstream politics. Republican Burgess Owens has now come under scrutiny three times for...

Georgia House speaker wants to rename port for Sen. Isakson

Oct. 30, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — One of Georgia's most powerful lawmakers wants to rename the Port of Savannah for former U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson. Republican state House Speaker David Ralston plans to sponsor a proposal in the legislature next year to put Isakson's name on the port, Ralston spokesman Kaleb McMichen...

Buildings at Hunter Oaks Apartments undergo renovations on Tuesday. Sept. 22, 2020, in Memphis, Tenn. Owners of the apartment complex are among seven landlords who manage or own more than 5,000 rental units and have filed a lawsuit claiming that a national eviction moratorium has not only placed them under unfair financial strain, but also infringed on their rights as property owners. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)

Federal government defends eviction ban in court hearing

Oct. 30, 2020 4:20 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The federal government defended its national eviction ban before a judge Friday, arguing that the moratorium had helped prevent the spread of COVID-19 and did not overstep the authority provided by Congress. The arguments are part of a federal lawsuit filed by a handful of...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a rally at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. Biden is holding rallies today in Des Moines, Iowa, Saint Paul, Minn., and Milwaukee, Wis. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden takes case against Trump to COVID ground zero in Iowa

Oct. 30, 2020 4:20 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Joe Biden is bringing his case against President Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus to one of the states hit hardest by the pandemic. Iowa has long had one of the nation’s highest rates of infections, and on Friday it reported a record number of cases and...