Latest 2020 United States presidential election News

President Donald Trump gestures as he walks across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Saturday, May 30, 2020, after stepping off Marine One as he returns from Kennedy Space Center for the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Trump endorses Bennett in western N.C. primary runoff

Jun. 4, 2020 4:49 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday endorsed Lynda Bennett in the Republican primary runoff for a western North Carolina congressional seat held until recently by his new chief of staff, Mark Meadows. Bennett, a real estate company owner from Haywood County, got Trump's support in a...

FILE - In this June 1, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump departs the White House to visit outside St. John's Church in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Pentagon-Trump clash breaks open over military and protests

Jun. 4, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s Pentagon chief shot down his idea of using active-duty troops to quell protests across the United States, and former military leaders are going after him, too, in an extraordinary clash between the U.S. military and its commander in chief. Both Trump and...

U.S. Capitol police officers talk with demonstrators as they have a conversation about racism in America as they protest the death of George Floyd, Wednesday, June 3, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. At right is Lydia Robinson, 31, of Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Democrats prepare police reform bills after Floyd's death

Jun. 4, 2020 11:11 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats, powered by the Congressional Black Caucus, are preparing a sweeping package of police reforms as pressure builds on the federal government to respond to the death of George Floyd and others in law enforcement interactions. With the urgency of mass protests ...

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2018, file photo, then-Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., speaks with reporters at the Capitol in Washington. Republicans are facing a reckoning as they contend with some divisive candidates during the country's struggle through civic unrest. “He’s driving away moderate Republicans and independents en masse,” Flake, who retired last year after clashing with Trump, said in an interview Wednesday, June 3, 2020. “For Republicans who need to appeal to a broader base, it’s devastating.” (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

GOP reckons with polarizing candidates amid civil unrest

Jun. 4, 2020 10:23 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican Party is facing a reckoning over some of its most divisive candidates. So far the results are mixed, and that's dicey for the GOP as a country shuddering from coast-to-coast civic unrest hurtles toward November elections. Republican leaders looking to broaden the party's...

In this image from video provided by My Brother's Keeper Alliance and The Obama Foundation, former President Barack Obama speaks Wednesday, June 3, 2020, during virtual town hall event with young people to discuss policing and the civil unrest that has followed the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis. (My Brother's Keeper Alliance and The Obama Foundation via AP)

Obama steps out as nation confronts confluence of crises

Jun. 4, 2020 12:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama is taking on an increasingly public role as the nation confronts a confluence of historic crises that has exposed deep racial and socioeconomic inequalities in America and reshaped the November election. In doing so, Obama is signaling a willingness to...

Democratic congressional candidate Teresa Leger Fernandez flashes a thumbs-up to drivers at a polling station Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Santa Fe, N.M. Opponents in the crowded Democratic primary included former CIA operative Valerie Plame. The sign she holds,

New Mexico voting surges, shifts to absentee balloting

Jun. 3, 2020 9:50 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Local election official struggled Wednesday to fully tally an avalanche of absentee ballots in a primary election that locked in several female nominees for Congress and marked a progressive uprising in the state Senate. Tabulation delays left the outcome uncertain in a three-way...

In this image from video provided by My Brother's Keeper Alliance and The Obama Foundation, former President Barack Obama speaks Wednesday, June 3, 2020, during virtual town hall event with young people to discuss policing and the civil unrest that has followed the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis. (My Brother's Keeper Alliance and The Obama Foundation via AP)

Obama steps out as nation confronts confluence of crises

Jun. 3, 2020 9:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama is taking on an increasingly public role as the nation confronts a confluence of historic crises that has exposed deep racial and socioeconomic inequalities in America and reshaped the November election. In doing so, Obama is signaling a willingness to...

Voter Kelli Gambill fills out her ballot at the Jefferson Education Society polling place, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Erie, Pa. Pennsylvania's primary election was postponed from April 28 because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Greg Wohlford/Erie Times-News via AP)

Pennsylvania counts ballots after a light-on-drama primary

Jun. 3, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Election officials worked through a mountain of still-uncounted ballots Wednesday after a Pennsylvania primary that was held amid civil unrest, a pandemic, the introduction of some new voting machines and the debut of mail-in balloting that pushed county bureaus to their limits. The...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice speaks during a press conference at the State Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. Justice said Wednesday, June 3, that he would welcome any president to the state besides former President Barack Obama. (F. Brian Ferguson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP, File)

West Virginia governor says he welcomes all, except Obama

Jun. 3, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Wednesday said he would welcome any president to the state besides former President Barack Obama. The unprompted comment came during a coronavirus news conference in which the Republican governor took a phone call from President Donald Trump and...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jun. 3, 2020 2:51 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ May 29 The Miami Herald on Patricia Ripley, a woman accused of pushing her autistic son into a lake and letting him drown, initially telling authorities two black men kidnapped her son The tragic story of a Miami-Dade mother who led her autistic son to a golf course...