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Battling cancer, Republican NY Sen. James Seward to retire

Jan. 20, 2020 3:36 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state Sen. James Seward announced Monday that he'll retire at the end of his 17th term this year, citing his ongoing battle with bladder cancer. The 68-year-old Republican announced in November that his cancer, first diagnosed in 2016, had returned. He said Monday that the...

Volunteer Erick Zehr carries campaign signs outside a venue as snow falls before an event with Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in Newton, Iowa. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Facing Senate trial crunch, Dems blitzing Iowa, early states

Jan. 18, 2020 4:07 PM EST

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — As a winter storm barreled down on Iowa, Elizabeth Warren’s campaign team struggled with whether to scrap a town hall scheduled at the old Maytag headquarters. There was more than weather at play as the Massachusetts senator's campaign monitored the forecast and called expected...

Indiana lawmaker seeking end of state's US Senate primaries

Jan. 18, 2020 10:41 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Republican state senator is pushing for the elimination of Indiana’s primary elections for U.S. Senate and proposing that political parties select candidates at conventions. Sen. James Buck of Kokomo presented his plan to the Senate Elections Committee last week. He said a...

Las Cruces native Rick Montoya announces run for US Senate

Jan. 17, 2020 5:17 PM EST

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces businessman has entered the contest for U.S. Senate in New Mexico, adding to a list of Republicans looking for a nomination. Rick Montoya, 72, announced his candidacy at Roberto's Mexican Restaurant in Las Cruces, Las Cruces Sun News reported Thursday. Montoya is the...

Labor lawyer ends campaign for US Senate

Jan. 17, 2020 11:27 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Workers' rights attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan announced Friday that she is ending her primary challenge to Democratic U.S. Sen. Edward Markey. “Unfortunately, sometimes some obstacles are too great to overcome, and that is the situation my candidacy for Senate finds itself in," she...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019 file photo Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., speaks during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington, on Capitol Hill. McSally has not been convinced that President Donald Trump should be removed from office, her campaign manager said Monday, Dec. 16, in the most direct explanation of her position on a question she's dodged for months. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

US Sen. McSally of Arizona calls CNN reporter 'liberal hack'

Jan. 16, 2020 8:12 PM EST

Republican U.S. Sen. Martha McSally of Arizona lashed out Thursday at a CNN reporter who asked her about the impeachment of President Donald Trump, calling him a “liberal hack.” McSally refused to answer when CNN reporter Manu Raju asked whether the Senate should consider new evidence as part of its...

Kentucky Senate: Have state elections in even-numbered years

Jan. 16, 2020 4:42 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's elections for governor and other constitutional offices would shift to even-numbered years, coinciding with presidential elections, under a proposal overwhelmingly approved Thursday by the state Senate. Attempts to do away with statewide elections in odd-numbered years...

FILE - In this May 5, 2018, file photo, Speaker of the House Sara Gideon, D Freeport, speaks to reporters in her office at the State House, in Augusta, Maine. Gideon is driving home her attack on GOP Sen. Susan Collins for accepting corporate donations. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Gideon to hammer away on corporate donations in Senate race

Jan. 15, 2020 10:15 PM EST

Democrat Sara Gideon wants to make curbing the influence of special interests in Washington a central theme of her campaign, saying she’s swearing off campaign donations from corporate political action committees and backing efforts to disclose secret donors. GOP Sen. Susan Collins’ campaign accused...

Democrat Jaime Harrison, who is seeking to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, speaks to Democrats gathered at the Spratt Issues Conference on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

Democratic Party unity gets boost in effort to unseat Graham

Jan. 15, 2020 7:32 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As South Carolina Democrats seek to unseat U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, their party unity got a boost Wednesday when one of their candidates dropped out to support the campaign of a former state party chairman. In a news conference at the Statehouse in Columbia, Gloria Bromell Tinubu...

North Carolina Sen. Tillis seeks 5 TV debates with Democrat

Jan. 15, 2020 4:07 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican Sen. Thom Tillis on Wednesday proposed holding five televised debates with the Democratic nominee, starting this spring. At least one Democratic primary candidate, former state Sen. Cal Cunningham, said immediately he “is ready to debate Thom Tillis...