Latest State elections News

More than 900 workers needed for Wisconsin polls

Aug. 4, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin election clerks need more than 900 additional workers for the Aug. 11 statewide primary, the Wisconsin Elections Commission said Tuesday. The commission put out a call for more volunteers to step forward to work the polls in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. The...

FILE - In this July 7, 2020, file photo, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson speaks during an event at the White House, in Washington. Missouri voters are set to decide whether to expand Medicaid health care coverage to thousands more low-income adults. A proposal to amend the state Constitution to expand eligibility for Medicaid is on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020s' ballot. Parson, who opposes Medicaid expansion and is up for election this year, in May moved the vote on the proposal up from the Nov. 3 general election to Tuesday's primary. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Missouri voters deciding on health care for more adults

Aug. 4, 2020 4:19 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri voters were deciding Tuesday whether to expand Medicaid health care coverage to thousands more low-income adults after years of resistance from Republican lawmakers. The vote on health care, which was paired with with Missouri’s primary elections, came as confirmed...

The Latest: Absentee voting up in Missouri primary election

Aug. 4, 2020 3:51 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on the Missouri primary election (all times local): 2:50 p.m. Concerns about the coronavirus have prompted a larger-than-usual number of mailed-in ballots for the primary election in Missouri's largest county. St. Louis County Elections Director Eric Fey said the...

Many Michigan residents still vote in-person for primary

Aug. 4, 2020 3:20 PM EDT

NOVI, Mich. (AP) — More than a million Michigan voters cast absentee ballots the state’s primary election on Tuesday, but there were still those who braved the coronavirus threat and voted in person. Among them was Irma Ramirez, a 73-year-old from Novi who cast her ballot at the Detroit...

FILE - In an Oct. 26, 2018, file photo, Rashida Tlaib, left, then-Democratic candidate for the Michigan's 13th Congressional District, and Brenda Jones speak during a rally in Detroit. Tlaib's approach to governing as an unapologetic fighter, taking aim at the status quo alongside three other first-term congresswomen of color who make up the

'Squad' member Tlaib faces test in Michigan primary

Aug. 4, 2020 3:19 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — “Squad” member Rashida Tlaib is trying to fend off a serious challenge for her House seat in Michigan's primary on Tuesday, in a rematch with the woman she narrowly defeated two years ago. Tlaib, one of the first two Muslim women in Congress, was seeking reelection to...

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2020 file photo, former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a candidate for the U.S. Senate, answers a question during a debate in Olathe, Kan. Establishment Republicans worried heading into Kansas’ primary Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, for an open Senate that weeks of effort to thwart polarizing conservative  Kobach would falter because they couldn’t persuade President Donald Trump to endorse their favored candidate. Trump didn’t intervene to help Rep. Roger Marshall in a crowded field, despite prodding from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and others.  (AP Photo/John Hanna, File)

Kansas Senate race tests GOP leaders' power to block Kobach

Aug. 4, 2020 3:07 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Establishment Republicans sought Tuesday to thwart polarizing conservative Kris Kobach's bid for Kansas' open Senate seat, a task complicated by President Donald Trump's refusal to endorse their favored candidate in the primary. Republicans haven’t lost a Senate contest in Kansas...

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2019, file photo, Republican U.S. House hopeful Yvette Herrell of New Mexico waits for a news conference in Albuquerque, N.M., about a GOP challenge to the way the state is counting absentee ballots. Three Republican hopefuls seeking to challenge Democratic U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small for a key southern New Mexico seat. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)

Herrell picks up endorsement from ex-Democratic congressman

Aug. 4, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A Republican seeking to unseat Democratic U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small in a crucial House seat in New Mexico has picked up an endorsement from a former Democratic congressman. Former U.S. Rep. Harry Teague, who once held Torres Small’s seat, said Tuesday he is backing...

The Latest: Kansas polls open; Senate primary tops ballot

Aug. 4, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on Kansas' primary election (all times local): 1 p.m. Election officials in three of Kansas' largest counties reported an uneventful start to voting in the state's primary election, due in part to an increase in advance and mail-in balloting. Nathan Carter, office...

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2019 file photo, U.S. Rep. Steve Watkins, R-Kan., makes a point during a town hall meeting in Topeka, Kan. Freshman Rep. Watkins is fighting to keep his seat in the state’s Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020 Republican primary while facing felony criminal charges. Watkins hoped to overcome a challenge from State Treasurer Jake LaTurner in the 2nd District in eastern Kansas. (AP Photo/John Hanna File)

Kansas Rep. Watkins battles for seat while facing charges

Aug. 4, 2020 1:04 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Freshman Rep. Steve Watkins, who is facing felony illegal voting charges, fought Tuesday to fend off a challenge in Kansas' Republican primary. Watkins was trying to survive the challenge from State Treasurer Jake LaTurner after having largely toed the conservative line and vocally...

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bill Hagerty speaks to supporters on Friday, July 17, 2020, after casting an early voting ballot at the Nashville Public Library Bellevue Branch in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Jonathan Mattise)

Senate GOP foes in Tennessee trade homestretch attacks

Aug. 4, 2020 12:21 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Attack ads in the Republican U.S. Senate primary in Tennessee are clogging TV airwaves with claims about candidates' positions on guns, education and health care ahead of Thursday's election for retiring GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander's seat. Bill Hagerty and a super PAC supporting him...