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Dem presidential candidates introducing themselves to voters

Feb. 16, 2019 7:07 PM EST

Five Democratic senators vying for their party's nomination to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020 fanned out across the country Saturday to campaign and meet voters. Kamala Harris of California spent her second straight day in the pivotal early-voting state of South Carolina, holding a town hall meeting in...

The Latest: Gillibrand accuses Trump of dividing people

Feb. 16, 2019 6:33 PM EST

The Latest on the Democratic presidential candidates (all times local): 6:15 p.m. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, in her second day of campaigning in New Hampshire, issued a rebuke of what she called President Donald Trump's divisive language. The New York senator and Democratic presidential candidate told a crowd of...

Warren takes on Trump, says he may not be 'free' in 2020

Feb. 10, 2019 5:31 PM EST

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Back in Iowa as a full-fledged presidential candidate, Democrat Elizabeth Warren took aim at President Donald Trump on Sunday, saying he "may not even be a free person" by next year's election. The Massachusetts senator also urged fellow candidates to avoid letting Trump define...

2020 hopeful Gillibrand immerses herself in early voting SC

Feb. 10, 2019 4:19 PM EST

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York immersed herself in South Carolina over the weekend, using her first trip to the state to introduce herself as a possible presidential candidate to the heavily black Democratic electorate. From a house party and Main Street market to...

South Carolina Dems overwhelmed by flood of 2020 contenders

Jan. 31, 2019 5:32 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Democrats are feeling overwhelmed. Sens. Cory Booker and Bernie Sanders, who are potential presidential contenders, were just in town. Sens. Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren, both presidential candidates, have already been here. Another White House hopeful, Sen....

Tapping into sorority network, Kamala Harris returns to SC

Jan. 26, 2019 1:23 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Sen. Kamala Harris returned to South Carolina on Friday, using her first visit to this early-voting state as an official presidential contender to tap into a sorority network that could prove crucial as she develops her campaign. In a room festooned in pink and green — the...

King events draw potential Democratic presidential hopefuls

Jan. 22, 2019 12:21 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As Americans commemorated Martin Luther King Jr., Democratic presidential hopefuls fanned out across the country to honor the civil rights leader and make themselves heard on the national stage. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., used the holiday to launch a presidential campaign that, if...

Elizabeth Warren planning 1st trip to South Carolina

Jan. 20, 2019 12:07 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is making her first trip to early voting South Carolina since launching her exploratory bid for a possible 2020 presidential run. Warren's organization tells The Associated Press on Sunday that she is planning to visit Columbia on Wednesday for an...

Critics seek clearer guidelines for police shooting probes

Jan. 19, 2019 9:27 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — State police investigated all but one officer-involved shooting in South Carolina in 2018. And the one they weren't called out for was the deadliest encounter of all. A state senator doesn't want to see that happen again. Sen. Gerald Malloy says all shootings in South Carolina that...

400 evacuated after 2 deaths from possible gas leak in SC

Jan. 18, 2019 2:38 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — More than 400 people have been ordered to leave an 80-year-old public housing complex in South Carolina because of natural gas leaks after two residents were found dead inside separate apartments. Columbia firefighters began checking all 244 units of the Allen Benedict Court for gas...