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Classic campaign event draws Democrats to South Carolina

Sep. 16, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

GALIVANTS FERRY, S.C. (AP) — Four Democratic presidential candidates descended on South Carolina on Monday for what organizers call the oldest traditional campaign speech event in the country, taking an opportunity to continue to make their cases ahead of the first Southern vote of 2020. On Monday, Joe...

Biden on racism: White people 'can never fully understand'

Sep. 16, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Visiting a black church bombed by the Ku Klux Klan during the civil rights era, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden framed current racial tensions as part of an enduring struggle that is older than the nation. "In a centuries long campaign of violence, fear, trauma, brought...

No millennial bump for Buttigieg, but hints of broad appeal

Sep. 15, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Pete Buttigieg would like to turn the fight for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination into a contest about generational change. But there's one looming problem: He has yet to win over his own. His lack of any ample base of support, even among his fellow millennials, is a...

Trump's GOP challengers say canceling primaries is a mistake

Sep. 13, 2019 9:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The three Republican challengers to President Donald Trump say it's a mistake for the party to cancel primaries ahead of the 2020 election. Bill Weld, Joe Walsh and Mark Sanford write in a Washington Post opinion piece published Friday that the Republican Party has "taken a wrong turn" in...

Ocasio-Cortez endorses Markey as Kennedy mulls Senate run

Sep. 13, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bringing her political star power to races for Congress, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday endorsed Democratic Sen. Ed Markey for re-election in Massachusetts as he faces a potential primary challenge from Rep. Joe Kennedy III. Ocasio-Cortez said in a video released by Markey's...

Federal judge dismisses voting security lawsuit in Tennessee

Sep. 13, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit Friday challenging the security of voting machines in Tennessee's largest county and calling for a switch to a handwritten ballot and a voter-verifiable paper trial. U.S. District Judge Thomas Parker ruled that the lawsuit filed by a group of Shelby...

Liberal, moderate divide on display in Democratic debate

Sep. 13, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Joe Biden parried attack after attack from liberal rivals Thursday night on everything from health care to immigration in a debate that showcased profound ideological divides between the Democratic Party's moderate and progressive wings. The prime-time debate also elevated several struggling...

The Latest: Biden takes on fire at debate from Julián Castro

Sep. 12, 2019 10:57 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic presidential debate (all times local): 9:55 p.m. Early front-runner Joe Biden took on the most fire at Thursday's Democratic presidential debate, and former Obama Housing Secretary Julián Castro was the most explicit in arguing it was time for a new...

O'Rourke bets on new approach to revive flagging campaign

Sep. 11, 2019 11:18 PM EDT

KEENE, N.H. (AP) — Beto O'Rourke was back at Keene State College, but the large crowd that flocked to see him six months ago was not. Far removed from the whirlwind opening days of his presidential campaign, the former Texas congressman faced a far smaller, quieter gathering. An attempted "Beto! Beto!"...

Still on: Iowa, New Hampshire won't nix 2020 GOP contests

Sep. 11, 2019 12:46 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Republicans in Iowa and New Hampshire are vowing to hold a caucus and primary next year, even as party leaders in a handful of other states have canceled their contests to help smooth President Donald Trump's path to reelection. "Under no circumstances will the New Hampshire primary...