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Cruz, O'Rourke getting combative in close Texas Senate race

Sep. 22, 2018 12:06 AM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — The surprisingly close U.S. Senate race in Texas is growing more combative, and Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and Democratic Congressman Beto O'Rourke are staking their chances on two sharply different visions of America. Their first debate Friday night reinforced Cruz's doubling down on unabashed...

Cruz, O'Rourke trade attacks during testy 1st Texas debate

Sep. 21, 2018 10:36 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Beto O'Rourke repeatedly traded barbs during a testy first debate Friday night, underscoring how a Texas Senate race that long looked like a cakewalk for the conservative incumbent now appears to be anything but one. Cruz went on the attack moments after...

Rep. Nunes faulted by rival for photo with hand symbol

Sep. 21, 2018 9:27 PM EDT

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes of California was criticized Friday by his Democratic rival in the November election after a photograph on social media showed the congressman next to a supporter making a hand gesture that some consider racist. In a photo taken at a Tuesday campaign...

The Latest: O'Rourke says Cruz mischaracterizes his comments

Sep. 21, 2018 8:55 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — The Latest on the first debate between Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and Democratic Congressman Beto O'Rourke (all times local): 7:55 p.m. Democratic U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke says Sen. Ted Cruz "has a tendency to mischaracterize a position" after the pair repeatedly traded barbs during a frosty...

Minnesota Rep. Jim Knoblach quits campaign amid allegations

Sep. 21, 2018 7:01 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota state Rep. Jim Knoblach abruptly ended his re-election campaign Friday amid allegations of inappropriate touching from his adult daughter. Minnesota Public Radio reported the announcement came hours after the St. Cloud Republican's attorney, Susan Gaertner, denied the...

Whitmer denies GOP ad alleging refusal to prosecute Nassar

Sep. 21, 2018 6:17 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democrat Gretchen Whitmer on Friday tearfully denied Republicans' allegation that she refused to prosecute disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar for sexual assaulting gymnasts and other victims before the charges were brought by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, her GOP...

Early voting begins as midterms season enters final phase

Sep. 21, 2018 6:14 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Much of the political world is consumed with a battle over a Supreme Court nominee, an expanding international trade war and President Donald Trump's social media posts. Yet in Minnesota, the first votes of the 2018 midterm elections are being cast. Voting machines are set up inside city...

Obama turns focus on Pennsylvania, hopes to boost Democrats

Sep. 21, 2018 6:00 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Barack Obama turned his political attention Friday to Pennsylvania — a state Donald Trump won in 2016. The former president campaigned in Philadelphia with two leading Democrats running for re-election, Gov. Tom Wolf and U.S. Sen. Bob Casey. At a campaign rally at the Dell Music...

Biden to hit Georgia campaign trail for Abrams for governor

Sep. 21, 2018 5:09 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden is set to hit the Georgia campaign trail next week, making an appearance with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. Abrams' campaign spokeswoman Caitlin Highland confirmed the visit Friday. Highland said Biden would join Abrams for an event...

The Latest: Tearful Whitmer calls for GOP to pull Nassar ad

Sep. 21, 2018 2:34 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the Michigan governor's race (all times local): 2:30 p.m. Michigan's Democratic candidate for governor, Gretchen Whitmer, is calling on the state Republican Party to stop running a digital ad that accuses her of not prosecuting serial sexual abuser Larry Nassar. A...