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FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2020, file photo Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks towards the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington. New virus relief will have to wait until after the November election. The architect of the Senate measure, McConnell, isn’t claiming the vote will advance the ball. Once the measure fails, he plans to turn the chamber's full attention to cementing a 6-3 conservative majority on the Supreme Court by confirming Judge Amy Coney Barrett. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Pandemic relief talks inch ahead but McConnell is resistant

Oct. 21, 2020 12:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Negotiations on a huge COVID-19 relief bill have taken a modest step forward, though time is running out and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, President Donald Trump's most powerful Senate ally, is pressing the White House not to move ahead. McConnell told fellow Republicans that he...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Miramar Regional Park in Miramar, Fla., Tuesday Oct. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

AP Explains: Trump seizes on dubious Biden-Ukraine story

Oct. 20, 2020 11:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Looking to undermine rival Joe Biden two weeks before the election, President Donald Trump’s campaign has seized on a tabloid story offering bizarre twists to a familiar line of attack: Biden’s relationship with Ukraine. But the story in the New York Post raised more...

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Shaheen, Messner debate Trump's handling of coronavirus

Oct. 20, 2020 9:07 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The Trump administration’s handling of the coronavirus again highlighted contrasts between U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Republican challenger Corky Messner in their third and final debate Tuesday night. Messner, who was endorsed by President Donald Trump during his primary...

FILE - In this May 22, 2020, file photo the Dome of the U.S. Capitol Building is visible through heavy fog in Washington. New virus relief will have to wait until after the November election. Congress is past the point at which it can deliver more coronavirus aid soon, with differences between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Republicans and President Donald Trump proving insurmountable. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

McConnell warns White House against COVID relief deal

Oct. 20, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington negotiations on a huge COVID-19 relief bill took a modest step forward on Tuesday, though time is running out and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, President Donald Trump's most powerful Senate ally, is pressing the White House against going forward. McConnell on Tuesday...

Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., speaks during an event for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden at Michigan State Fairgrounds in Novi, Mich., Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama boosts Peters' reelection bid in Michigan Senate ad

Oct. 20, 2020 5:34 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Former President Barack Obama gives a boost to Gary Peters of Michigan in a new ad released Tuesday by the Democratic senator's reelection campaign. The 30-second spot shows Obama lauding his “friend” Peters, who is facing a challenge from Republican John James. Peters...

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, testifies during a Senate Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Hearing on the federal government response to COVID-19 on Capitol Hill Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Washington. (Graeme Jennings/Pool via AP)

Senate Republicans try to ignore Trump's attacks on Fauci

Oct. 20, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s pre-election broadsides against Dr. Anthony Fauci drew mild rebuke and little buy-in Tuesday from Capitol Hill, as Senate Republicans tried to avoid linking themselves too closely to the president's name-calling and the White House's overall COVID-19 ...

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice prepares for a debate with Democratic challenger, Kanawha County Commissioner Ben Salango, Tuesday Oct. 13. 2020, in Morgantown, W.Va. (AP Photo/Kathy Batten)

West Virginia voters have heavy slate of choices on Nov. 3

Oct. 20, 2020 2:05 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia voters have a packed ballot to ponder in the Nov. 3 election. In addition to the presidential race between incumbent Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger and former Vice President Joe Biden, in which Trump is widely expected to carry the state...

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2020 file photo Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., speaks during the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, before the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Coons faces political newcomer Lauren Witzke in Delaware's U.S. Senate race. (Samuel Corum/Pool via AP, File)

Delaware Senate race conjures comparison with 2010 campaign

Oct. 20, 2020 1:05 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — This year’s U.S. Senate race in Delaware is conjuring up comparisons with a campaign a decade ago that resulted in Democrat Chris Coons winning the seat once held by Joe Biden after conservative upstart Christine O’Donnell in a campaign ad famously assured voters she was...

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Gross for Senate campaign shows Independent candidate Al Gross. Gross, an independent running with Democratic support, is challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan in Alaska, a state that has long been a GOP stronghold. Across the country, Republicans are nervous about Senate seats like Sullivan's they once thought safe as Democrats hope to capitalize on President Donald Trump's unpopularity to retake the chamber. (Gross for Senate Campaign via AP, File)

Alaska Senate candidate hopes to ride Democratic wave

Oct. 20, 2020 12:46 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Al Gross commands a fishing boat as a narrator describes him prospecting for gold and killing a grizzly bear in self-defense in an ad meant to underscore a central theme of Gross' U.S. Senate campaign as an independent: that he knows Alaska. “Out here," he says as the boat...

Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., delivers remarks to media after registering as a candidate to run as an incumbent in Baton Rouge, La., Friday, July 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

No TV debates in Louisiana US Senate race ahead of election

Oct. 20, 2020 12:35 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy won’t square off in person with his primary Democratic challenger or any of his opponents ahead of the Nov. 3 election, marking this as Louisiana’s first Senate race in more than 20 years not to feature a TV debate. Cassidy's campaign...