Latest State elections News

Democrats favor more access to capital for black businesses

Jun. 15, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Four Democrats vying for their party's presidential nomination honed in on the economic concerns of the black community during a forum Saturday in South Carolina, a state where nonwhite voters will play a major role in next year's primary election. Appearing on stage one at a time,...

Governors still in the shadows of Democrats' 2020 campaign

Jun. 14, 2019 11:55 PM EDT

Being a governor isn't what it used to be, at least not in presidential politics. Three Western executives are learning that the hard way in a crowded Democratic scramble dominated by former Vice President Joe Biden and a gaggle of nationally known senators. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, a late entry into the field...

Dems accelerate election security push after Trump comments

Jun. 14, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alarmed by President Donald Trump's willingness to accept foreign dirt on a political opponent, House Democrats are accelerating their efforts to strengthen election security ahead of the 2020 campaign. Lawmakers had already been compiling a fresh package of bills in the aftermath of...

Sarah Sanders speculation shakes up Arkansas governor's race

Jun. 14, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Long before she became the spokeswoman for the Trump administration, Sarah Sanders was a well-known figure in Arkansas who appeared in campaign ads for her dad and learned about the state's rough-and-tumble politics by working on his campaign and others. Now, speculation that...

North Carolina wants to know who owns voting-machine makers

Jun. 14, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina won't clear voting-machine makers to sell their systems to county elections boards until it learns more about who owns them, the state's elections board chairman said Friday. The decision comes amid worries of foreign election interference that have grown since special...

Stacey Abrams not ruling out a presidential run

Jun. 13, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams said Thursday she has not ruled out running for another political office. Abrams, who spoke at the Women's E3 Summit at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, said she has not yet settled on the next...

Rep. Walker won't challenge Sen. Tillis in NC GOP primary

Jun. 13, 2019 2:41 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Mark Walker announced Thursday that he won't challenge Sen. Thom Tillis in North Carolina's Republican primary next year, a move that reflects a state political environment where a candidate's support for President Donald Trump can help make or break a campaign. Walker said...

Primary victor could add to Virginia Democrats' headaches

Jun. 12, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Republicans keep getting help from an unexpected source as they try to win over suburban voters unhappy with President Donald Trump: Virginia Democrats. The latest instance was Tuesday's victory by a former lawmaker who once spent his nights in jail and his days at the...

The Latest: Virginia GOP hopes to benefit from Morrissey win

Jun. 12, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on Virginia's primary elections (all times local): 3:50 p.m. Virginia Republicans keep getting help from Virginia Democrats as the GOP tries to win over suburban voters unhappy with President Donald Trump. The latest instance was Tuesday's victory by a former lawmaker who...

GOP pushes back on cash governor seeks for voting machines

Jun. 12, 2019 3:25 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican lawmakers are refusing to commit to the millions of dollars sought by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf to back up his demand that Pennsylvania's counties buttress election security by replacing their voting machines before 2020's presidential elections. Republicans who control...