Latest State elections News

Push to end bullet train in 2020 could signal GOP strategy

Sep. 25, 2018 9:14 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Worried they would lack big-name candidates at the top of the ticket this November, California Republicans turned to a ballot measure that would eliminate a recent gas tax increase in hopes of exciting conservatives and ensuring they show up to support lower-profile legislative...

GOP congressman attacks foe's family ties in Oregon district

Sep. 25, 2018 9:10 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Republican incumbent of a conservative U.S. House district in Oregon, whose forefathers trekked to what was then a territory over 170 years ago, is attacking the pioneer credentials of his Democratic opponent.  Rep. Greg Walden's online ad targeted Democrat Jamie McLeod-Skinner...

Trump holding Mississippi rally for Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith

Sep. 25, 2018 5:41 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — President Donald Trump will hold a rally next week in northern Mississippi, urging voters to support an appointed Republican senator who is on the ballot in November. The Trump campaign says Tuesday that the "Make America Great Again" rally is scheduled Oct. 2 in Southaven, a heavily...

AP FACT CHECK: O'Rourke 'Jim Crow' remark goes beyond police

Sep. 25, 2018 2:09 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Sen. Ted Cruz accused Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke of making offensive comments about police officers during their first debate of the Texas Senate race. The attack came amid heightened attention in Texas on fatal shootings involving police officers. Last month, a white...

Panel urges funding for new voting machines in Pennsylvania

Sep. 25, 2018 12:07 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A group examining election security in Pennsylvania urged Congress and state lawmakers Tuesday to speed up the funding required to replace voting machines, noting most lack a paper record needed to check for fraud and errors. The Blue Ribbon Commission on Pennsylvania's Election...

O'Rourke condemns activists for forcing Cruz from restaurant

Sep. 25, 2018 11:57 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke is condemning a protest that forced his opponent in Texas' closer-than-expected Senate race to leave a Washington restaurant. Online videos posted by an activist group show Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and his wife, Heidi, being confronted by protesters about...

Michigan AG alleges opponent lied about Nassar probe

Sep. 24, 2018 10:02 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's attorney general alleged Monday that his opponent in the governor's race did not tell the truth about her handling of the prosecution of serial sexual abuser Larry Nassar, accusing her of an "integrity gap" that disqualifies her for the state's top job. Republican Bill...

Candidates for governor in red Oklahoma face off at forum

Sep. 24, 2018 9:46 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Democrat trying to capture the governor's seat in Oklahoma said Monday his government experience is a benefit, but he also quickly pointed out that it's been eight years since he's held office in the red state where a dozen incumbents have already lost primary elections this year....

Appeals court sides with North Dakota in voter ID dispute

Sep. 24, 2018 8:28 PM EDT

A federal appeals court Monday blocked a lower court ruling expanding the kinds of proof of identity that voters can use in North Dakota elections, siding with state officials over tribal members who say the state's rules disenfranchise Native Americans. A three-judge panel of 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...

Advocacy groups begin campaigns against all 6 referendums

Sep. 24, 2018 6:23 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Election advocacy, civil rights and other organizations often critical of North Carolina Republican policies for years have formed campaigns to oppose all six constitutional referendums in November, calling the amendments misleading power grabs that would hurt the public and justice....