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FILE- In this Sept. 18, 2020, file photo, Steven Daftarian of Fairfax, Va., and his daughter Laleh, 6, wait in a line stretching the equivalent of two football fields as hundreds line up for early voting at Fairfax County Government Center, in Fairfax, Va. Virginia voters this year will determine the staying power of a “blue wave” that flipped two competitive congressional districts two years ago, while also casting ballots for a U.S. Senate seat and the presidency. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Staying power of Virginia's 'blue wave' at stake on Nov. 3

Oct. 31, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

Virginia voters on Tuesday will determine the staying power of a “blue wave” that flipped two competitive congressional districts two years ago, while also casting ballots for a U.S. Senate seat and the presidency. As in other states, voters were deciding between Republican President Donald Trump...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, right, and former President Barack Obama greet each other at a rally at Northwestern High School in Flint, Mich., Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Obama: Trump failed to take pandemic, presidency seriously

Oct. 31, 2020 4:08 PM EDT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Calling Joe Biden his “brother,” Barack Obama on Saturday accused Donald Trump of failing to take the coronavirus pandemic and the presidency seriously as Democrats leaned on America's first Black president to energize Black voters in battleground Michigan on the final...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a drive-in rally at Cellairis Amphitheatre in Atlanta, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Vote will show Georgia as swing state or extend GOP control

Oct. 31, 2020 3:33 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The most competitive election cycle in decades could confirm Georgia as a swing state or leave Republicans still in control. After weeks of early balloting, voters on Tuesday will finish deciding whether the state awards its electoral votes to Democrat Joe Biden or again supports President...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, accompanied by his granddaughters Maisy Biden, right, and Natalie Biden, center, arrives at Flint Bishop International Airport in Flint, Mich., Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, for a rally with former President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Latest: Obama blasts Trump as egotistical, incompetent

Oct. 31, 2020 3:05 PM EDT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 1:50 p.m. Barack Obama blasted President Donald Trump as egotistical and incompetent during a campaign event in Flint, Michigan. The former president spoke Saturday at a drive-in rally at his first joint campaign event with Joe...

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2014 file photo, the Beartooth Mountains glow in the morning light just after dawn southeast of Billings, Mont.   Democrats have sought to make public land protections a central issue in Montana and Colorado U.S. Senate races despite a GOP legislative win on the issue.(AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

Dems keep focus on public lands despite GOP legislative win

Oct. 31, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Democrats seeking to pick up U.S. Senate seats in Montana and Colorado are falling back on a party playbook now familiar for the U.S. West: Paint their opponents as a threat to the public lands the two sprawling Rocky Mountain states are known for. The Republican incumbents appeared...

Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., speaks during an event for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden at Michigan State Fairgrounds in Novi, Mich., Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Peters, James make final cases in Michigan's Senate race

Oct. 31, 2020 2:19 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic Sen. Gary Peters and Republican challenger John James are making their final cases to the electorate in the closing days of a $100 million-plus duel that will help shape whether the winner of the presidential race can enact his legislative agenda. Michigan, long a...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 file photo, A full gallery oversees the Texas Gov. Greg Abbott giving his State of the State Address in the House Chamber in Austin, Texas. Two years ago, a longtime Republican incumbent held onto his west Houston state House seat by the slimmest of margins, a mere one-tenth of percentage point in a race that helped the GOP withstand a Democratic wave. This year, the stakes are even higher. AP Photo/Eric Gay)

State legislative elections key to redistricting power

Oct. 31, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Not long ago, Berta Patterson’s corner of Houston was as symbolically red as they come. Up the road is the Harris County GOP headquarters. In the other direction are the old 9th floor offices of the late Republican President George H.W. Bush. Roughly in between is Trini Mendenhall...

Noose displayed at Missouri poll covered up amid complaints

Oct. 31, 2020 12:42 PM EDT

GALENA, Mo. (AP) — A replica hangman's noose on display near voting booths in a southwest Missouri county building has been covered up following complaints from Democrats that it amounted to intimidation of Black voters. The Missouri Democratic Party released a photo Friday of the display with several...

A pedestrian passes by a mural encouraging people to in Washington state to vote, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, in downtown Seattle. A record number of voters in Washington have already returned their ballots as of Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, and other voters have until 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 to drop off or mail their ballots or vote in person. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Majority of Washington voters have already returned ballots

Oct. 31, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A record number of voters in Washington have already returned their ballots in an election where they’ll weigh in on scores of federal and state races ranging from president to governor to local legislative districts. Nearly 65 % of the state’s more than 4.8 million...

HOLD FOR WEEKEND STORY BY SOPHIA TAREEN - FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2019 file photo, Betsy Dirksen Londrigan, center, a candidate for Illinois' 13th Congressional District, appears in Springfield, Ill. Dirksen Londrigan is opposing Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., in the Nov. 3, 2020, general election. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP File)

A closer look at the key congressional matchups in Illinois

Oct. 31, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — From Chicago’s suburbs to the southern tip of the state, Tuesday's election will feature several closely watched congressional races in Illinois. Here’s a closer look at key districts: REMATCH IN THE 13TH Four-term Republican Rep. Rodney Davis faces a tough reelection bid...