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Election fallout: Blame abounds in House GOP leadership race

Nov. 14, 2018 8:48 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The speaker's gavel now out of reach, Republican Kevin McCarthy is poised to take over the shrunken House GOP caucus in closed-door elections that will determine party leadership and set the tone for the new Congress. The race for minority leader is McCarthy's to lose Wednesday, but the...

Overheating machines complicate Florida's recount battle

Nov. 14, 2018 8:04 AM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A new problem complicated Florida's ongoing recount battle as lawyers headed back to court on Wednesday: Palm Beach County's tallying machines have overheated, causing mismatched results with the recount of 174,000 early voting ballots. Now workers are re-doing that part of the...

The Latest: Palm Beach machines overheat, miss recount votes

Nov. 14, 2018 7:32 AM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Florida's election recount (all times local): 7:15 a.m. The Palm Beach County elections supervisor says aging equipment has overheated, causing mismatched results in the recount of ballots in Florida's U.S. Senate race.  Susan Bucher said Tuesday night that...

Trump calls on Florida Democrat to concede, implies fraud

Nov. 13, 2018 10:16 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump sought to intervene in Florida's legally mandated vote recount Tuesday, calling on the state's Democratic senator to admit defeat and again implying without evidence that officials in two pivotal counties are trying to steal the election. "When will Bill...

The Latest: Gillum says claims of fraud undermine democracy

Nov. 13, 2018 9:44 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the Florida recount of its Senate and governor elections (all times local): 9:30 p.m. Florida's Democratic gubernatorial candidate says claims of electoral fraud without evidence by President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Rick Scott were sowing seeds that could...

Stung by election losses, House GOP weighs leadership choice

Nov. 13, 2018 9:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Frustration, finger-pointing and questions spilled over a closed-door meeting of House Republicans Tuesday night as lawmakers sorted through an election defeat that cost them the majority and began considering new leadership for their shrunken minority. Republicans complained about the...

Democrats eye US Senate seat in Republican-led Mississippi

Nov. 13, 2018 8:29 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — National Democrats are focusing on Mississippi's U.S. Senate runoff, a year after winning a longshot contest in another Deep South state dominated by Republicans. Democrat Doug Jones defeated Roy Moore in Alabama last December after Moore was hit by accusations of sexual misconduct....

Lawmakers near prison reform deal, but Trump support crucial

Nov. 13, 2018 7:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators have reached a tentative accord on the first major rewrite of criminal justice sentencing in a generation, but now it's up to President Donald Trump to decide if it's worth making a push for the sweeping bipartisan bill during the lame-duck session of Congress. The package has...

The Latest: Senate candidates in Mississippi agree to debate

Nov. 13, 2018 6:16 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on a U.S. Senate special election runoff in Mississippi (all times local): 5:15 p.m. The two candidates in a special U.S. Senate race in Mississippi have agreed to their only debate of the campaign season. Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation spokesman Jon Kalahar says...

The Latest: 15 arrests at Georgia Capitol vote demonstration

Nov. 13, 2018 6:09 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the Georgia governor's race (all times local): 5:15 p.m. Georgia public safety officials say police arrested 15 protesters during a demonstration inside the state Capitol as they called for uncounted ballots from last week's election to be tallied. The Georgia Department of...