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Dem South Carolina gov ticket aims to appeal to all voters

Oct. 19, 2018 12:15 PM EDT

WALHALLA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's conservative Upstate isn't typically where Democratic candidates devote much campaign time. But for gubernatorial ticket James Smith and Mandy Powers Norrell, it's where they feel their message has the ability to resonate with voters not typically reached by...

Democrats eyeing White House flock to Iowa's new star

Oct. 19, 2018 9:04 AM EDT

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) — Deidre DeJear is Iowa's newest political star — even if she hasn't yet won an election. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, who is considering a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, recently made his inaugural trip to Iowa by headlining a fundraiser for DeJear. Sen....

AP FACT CHECK: Missouri debate claims cite Trump, wages

Oct. 19, 2018 8:08 AM EDT

Party control of the U.S. Senate could hinge on Missouri in the midterm elections, where incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill is locked in a tight race with first-time challenger Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley. McCaskill, is a longtime Missouri politician who's seeking her third Senate term. Hawley...

Booker gets a warm welcome from South Carolina Democrats

Oct. 19, 2018 1:51 AM EDT

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — Cory Booker had hundreds of Democratic activists nodding, applauding and eventually roaring — complete with a sermon-style call-and-response — as he entertained the Orangeburg County party barbecue to put the exclamation point on his first day in South Carolina as a...

Today in History

Oct. 19, 2018 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, Oct. 19, the 292nd day of 2018. There are 73 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 19, 1789, John Jay was sworn in as the first Chief Justice of the United States. On this date: In 1781, British troops under Gen. Lord Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown,...

Hawley tries to paint McCaskill as too liberal for Missouri

Oct. 18, 2018 11:45 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Republican candidate Josh Hawley used a Thursday debate to try to paint Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill as too liberal for the increasingly red state of Missouri, while McCaskill continued to hammer her challenger over his positions on health care. The candidates'...

Booker stirs South Carolina Democrats in pre-midterm debut

Oct. 18, 2018 11:03 PM EDT

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — Cory Booker had hundreds of Democratic activists nodding, applauding and eventually roaring — complete with a sermon-style call-and-response — as he entertained the Orangeburg County party barbecue to put the exclamation point on his first day in South Carolina as a...

Trump administration seeks prompt immigration ruling

Oct. 18, 2018 7:33 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Trump administration said it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene if a federal appeals court does not rule soon on the administration's decision to end legal protections for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants. The U.S. Department of Justice wants the 9th U.S. Circuit...

Nevada governor's race: Sisolak leads Laxalt in fundraising

Oct. 18, 2018 7:23 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democrat Steve Sisolak raised about $1 million more in recent months than his Republican opponent Adam Laxalt in their tight race for Nevada governor, according to new campaign finance reports. The reports released this week show Laxalt raised $2.9 million from early June through...

More charges filed against Navy veteran in ricin-letter case

Oct. 18, 2018 5:47 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Authorities have found two additional letters a Navy veteran in Utah sent to members of President Donald Trump's administration containing the substance from which the poison ricin is derived, federal prosecutors said in an indictment unsealed Thursday. William Clyde Allen III, 39,...