Latest U.S. Republican Party News

Don't vote? The Trump campaign would like a word with you

Sep. 14, 2019 8:04 PM EDT

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Ashley Arentz is a political unicorn. The 28-year-old Marine from Jacksonville, North Carolina, didn't vote in 2016, and she wasn't even registered to vote in the state. But there she was on Monday, standing in line for hours in the 90-degree heat waiting to enter President Donald...

Utah GOP narrowly refuses to dump bylaw on ballot spots

Sep. 14, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

LAYTON, Utah (AP) — Utah Republican leaders refused Saturday to erase a bylaw to deny ballot spots for candidates who collect voter signatures instead of winning approval from the party's caucus-convention system. The State Central Committee voted 68-40 to erase the bylaw, short of the two-thirds majority...

Spying claims spur calls for Washington lawmaker ouster

Sep. 14, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington state's liberal reputation is well-known, but voters in a conservative legislative district have re-elected Republican lawyer Matt Shea to the Legislature six times — as he has raged against Communists and atheists he thinks will destroy the U.S. and lobbied for a...

States split by party on accepting Purdue Pharma settlement

Sep. 13, 2019 10:20 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The opioid crisis has hit virtually every pocket of the U.S., from rural towns in deeply conservative states to big cities in liberal-leaning ones. But a curious divide has opened up. The nation's Republican state attorneys general have, for the most part, lined up in support of a...

Trump's GOP challengers say canceling primaries is a mistake

Sep. 13, 2019 9:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The three Republican challengers to President Donald Trump say it's a mistake for the party to cancel primaries ahead of the 2020 election. Bill Weld, Joe Walsh and Mark Sanford write in a Washington Post opinion piece published Friday that the Republican Party has "taken a wrong turn" in...

GOP House candidate under fire for old anti-Trump posts

Sep. 13, 2019 9:04 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Republican U.S. House candidate running for an important seat in southern New Mexico is facing criticism for old social media posts attacking Donald Trump, including one where she wrote the wealthy real estate mogul was "unworthy of the office" of the president. In 2015 and 2016,...

Edwards holds fundraising lead in Louisiana governor's race

Sep. 13, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Republicans challenging Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards couldn't match the Democrat's fundraising pace as they ready for final advertising blitzes ahead of the Oct. 12 election, but GOP businessman Eddie Rispone is using his own money to reach Edwards' spending levels. The Deep...

Louisiana surplus estimate grows to $500M, up from $300M

Sep. 13, 2019 1:47 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Estimates of Louisiana's latest budget surplus grew to $500 million on Friday, news that adds further fuel to an ongoing debate among candidates for governor over the state's financial stability and tax rates. Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, previously said he expected the...

GOP lawmaker criticized over gun tweet about O'Rourke

Sep. 13, 2019 12:59 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Republican Texas lawmaker tweeting he had an assault rifle "ready" for Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke drew criticism Friday for the apparent threat amid heightened tensions over guns after two mass shootings in the state. The tweet by Republican state Rep. Briscoe...

Another Republican announces run for 1st District seat

Sep. 13, 2019 10:51 AM EDT

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Republican commissioner for western Kansas' Finney County has kicked off his campaign for the state's 1st District seat in Congress after two-term incumbent Roger Marshall announced plans to run for the Senate. Bill Clifford said Thursday in announcing his candidacy that he will...