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US Senate rivals in Tennessee clash in 1st debate

Sep. 25, 2018 11:04 PM EDT

LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) — Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen quickly promised not to vote for Minority Leader Chuck Schumer as his Republican opponent U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn repeatedly sought to tie the former Tennessee governor to national Democrats in their first debate for U.S. Senate on Tuesday....

The Latest: Tennessee Senate candidates close out debate

Sep. 25, 2018 8:39 PM EDT

LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Senate debate in Tennessee (all times local): 7 p.m. Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn and Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen have closed out their first debate in their U.S. Senate race in Tennessee. Bredesen and Blackburn debated for an hour Tuesday,...

Trump holding Mississippi rally for Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith

Sep. 25, 2018 5:41 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — President Donald Trump will hold a rally next week in northern Mississippi, urging voters to support an appointed Republican senator who is on the ballot in November. The Trump campaign says Tuesday that the "Make America Great Again" rally is scheduled Oct. 2 in Southaven, a heavily...

Groups with Obama ties help with black voters in 5 states

Sep. 25, 2018 2:32 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Political committees with ties to Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and former President Barack Obama are aiming digital messages to black voters in five states with pivotal U.S. Senate races. The Senate Majority PAC, which is run by a close Schumer ally, and Priorities USA Action,...

AP FACT CHECK: O'Rourke 'Jim Crow' remark goes beyond police

Sep. 25, 2018 2:09 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Sen. Ted Cruz accused Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke of making offensive comments about police officers during their first debate of the Texas Senate race. The attack came amid heightened attention in Texas on fatal shootings involving police officers. Last month, a white...

O'Rourke condemns activists for forcing Cruz from restaurant

Sep. 25, 2018 11:57 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke is condemning a protest that forced his opponent in Texas' closer-than-expected Senate race to leave a Washington restaurant. Online videos posted by an activist group show Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and his wife, Heidi, being confronted by protesters about...

Tenn. Democrat aims for Senate win by edging away from party

Sep. 23, 2018 8:24 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Phil Bredesen is a Democrat. But he'd rather you not mention that. "I need to make clear to everybody my independence from all of the national Democratic stuff," said Bredesen, the former two-term governor of Tennessee who is now running for the U.S. Senate. So far, his strategy...

North Dakota Senate candidate: Kavanaugh allegation 'absurd'

Sep. 22, 2018 3:39 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Republican Senate candidate Kevin Cramer said a sexual assault accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is "even more absurd" than Anita Hill's 1991 sexual harassment allegations against Clarence Thomas because Kavanaugh and his accuser were teenagers who...

The Latest: Cramer seeks to clarify Kavanaugh comments

Sep. 22, 2018 3:16 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on Republican Senate candidate Kevin Cramer's comments on an allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (all times local): 2:20 p.m. Republican Senate candidate Kevin Cramer of North Dakota is seeking to clarify comments he made about a sexual assault...

Analysis: Trump tries a different strategy on assault claim

Sep. 22, 2018 2:53 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump went there. Republicans for days have been trying, with some success, not to blame the accuser in the high-stakes he-said-she-said roiling the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. They calibrated their comments to avoid openly antagonizing Christine Blasey...