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In this January 11, 2020 photo former congressman, US Senate and Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke speaks before a crowd of campaign volunteers for Eliz Markowitz in Katy, Texas. Markowitz is an educator running for district 148 of the Texas state house. O'Rourke and other national Democrats have endorsed Markowitz, her race is being viewed as a bellwether for national politics in 2020. (AP Photo/ John L. Mone)

2020's first big test? Not Iowa, but a tiny Texas House race

Jan. 18, 2020 6:20 PM EST

KATY, Texas (AP) — Beto O'Rourke is livestreaming again. Joe Biden and Julián Castro are making their presence felt. Mike Bloomberg has knocked on doors and outside groups are running TV attack ads. On the brink of 2020's first big contest, it all screams high stakes. Not in Iowa. This is just for a...

Mayor Marty Small, left, speaks at a church in Atlantic City N.J. on Jan. 15, 2020 as City Councilman Kaleem Shabazz listens. The mayor called a press conference to rally opposition to a proposed change of government that would eliminate an elected mayor. A vote has been set for March 31. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Atlantic City relents, sets vote on government change

Jan. 15, 2020 6:09 PM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City voters will decide whether to change the city's form of government to eliminate an elected mayor now that the city admits proponents of the move have enough valid petition signatures to force a special election on the question. Mayor Marty Small said Wednesday the...

FILE - This file photo combination shows Mike Espy, left, a former congressman and former U.S. agriculture secretary, on Oct. 5, 2018, and U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., on Nov. 5, 2018, both in Jackson, Miss. If Espy and Hyde-Smith win their respective party's primaries, they will face each other in the November 2020 general election. Hyde-Smith defeated Espy in a November 2018 special election. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Mississippi will have Democratic primary for US Senate

Jan. 10, 2020 6:36 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy is aiming for a rematch of a U.S. Senate race that he lost to Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith in Mississippi in 2018, in hopes of reversing the outcome. To compete with her in November, he will first have to push past two candidates in the Democratic...

This Aug. 26, 2015 photo shows Resorts casino owner Morris Bailey speaking during an event at his casino in Atlantic City, N.J. Bailey, along with the head of the city's main casino workers union and a retired state senator, say they will appeal the rejection of petition signatures seeking to force a special election to change Atlantic City's form of government. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Move to oust 'cartel' from Atlantic City Hall is rejected

Jan. 9, 2020 1:33 PM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — An effort to drastically reshape government in Atlantic City, which has a tradition of corruption so extensive and colorful that it was the star of hit HBO series “Boardwalk Empire,” has a hit a roadblock. In response to the storied dirty dealings of this seaside...

California congressional seat will be vacant until 2021

Jan. 8, 2020 6:42 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom will not call a special election to fill the unfinished term of U.S. Rep. Duncan D. Hunter, who resigned after pleading guilty to a corruption charge, a spokeswoman for the governor said Wednesday. His decision means the solidly Republican, San...

Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., left, with her husband Jeffrey Sprecher, center, participates in a re-enactment of her swearing-in Monday Jan. 6, 2020, by Vice President Mike Pence in the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Georgia's new GOP senator sworn into office amid impeachment

Jan. 6, 2020 6:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wealthy Republican businesswoman Kelly Loeffler was sworn in Monday as the newest senator from Georgia, a political newcomer who takes office amid a presidential impeachment, swirling tensions with Iran and at the dawn of what looms as a bruising national election. Georgia GOP Gov. Brian...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, file photo, California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter speaks after leaving federal court in San Diego. Hunter is staying mum on when he will resign following his guilty plea for siphoning campaign money for personal expenses, drawing the ire of a fellow Republican seeking to replace him. Hunter said last month that he would step down

California Rep. Duncan Hunter silent on when he will resign

Jan. 3, 2020 6:42 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter of California is staying silent on when he will resign after he pleaded guilty to using campaign money for personal expenses, drawing the ire of a fellow Republican who wants to replace him. The six-term congressman said last month that he would step down...

FILE - This file photo combination shows Mike Espy, left, a former congressman and former U.S. agriculture secretary, on Oct. 5, 2018, and U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., on Nov. 5, 2018, both in Jackson, Miss. If Espy and Hyde-Smith win their respective party's primaries, they will face each other in the November 2020 general election. Hyde-Smith defeated Espy in a November 2018 special election. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Mississippi opens qualifying time for federal candidates

Jan. 1, 2020 8:01 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Candidates for federal offices can start filing qualifying papers on Thursday in Mississippi. The state's longest-serving member of Congress, Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson, confirmed to The Associated Press on Tuesday that he is seeking another two-year term. The state's three...

FILE - In this  Tuesday, Dec. 15, 1992 file photo, Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., re-enacts taking the Senatorial oath from Senate President Pro Tem Robert Byrd of West Virginia, right, as Dorgan's wife Kim holds the bible in Washington. Sen. Jocelyn Burdick, D-N.D., left, and Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell of Maine, second from left, looks on. Jocelyn Burdick, who became the first woman to represent North Dakota in the U.S. Senate when she briefly filled the seat vacated by her late husband, has died, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/John Duricka, File)

Jocelyn Burdick, 1st ND woman to serve in US Senate, dies

Dec. 27, 2019 8:02 PM EST

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Jocelyn Burdick, who became the first woman to represent North Dakota in the U.S. Senate when she briefly filled the seat vacated by her late husband, has died. She was 97. Burdick died Thursday night at a care facility in Fargo, her son, Cass County State's Attorney Birch Burdick, told...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., leaves after speaking at a campaign event, Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Sanders retracts endorsement in US House race after backlash

Dec. 13, 2019 5:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders retracted his endorsement for online news personality Cenk Uygur in a California congressional race on Friday after coming under fire from supporters for backing someone who had made demeaning and controversial comments about women, Muslims and African Americans. “I...