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FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2020, file photo, a poll worker speaks with a voter as Minneapolis Early Voting Center opened, in Minneapolis. Early voting in the crush of Super Tuesday states that hold primaries on March 3 amounts to a parallel campaign for the Democratic nomination. While much of the focus is on who will come out on top in the traditional first four voting states, early voting will allow a much broader swath of voters to play a key role in picking the nominee. In Minnesota, in-person early voting began Jan. 17. Vermont's deadline to mail out its absentee ballots was the same day. Many of the 14 Super Tuesday states will offer some form of early voting between now and mid-February. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP, File)

Early voting means 2020 primary is already here for millions

Jan. 24, 2020 2:31 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Iowa caucuses are more than a week away, but millions of Americans are already free to vote. Early voting in the crush of Super Tuesday states that hold primaries on March 3 amounts to a parallel campaign for the Democratic nomination. While much of the focus is on who will...

Gianforte draws barbs at Montana GOP gubernatorial debate

Jan. 24, 2020 12:02 AM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Rep. Greg Gianforte took some shots from his fellow Republican candidates for governor during the primary election’s first debate featuring all three candidates on Thursday. Montana Attorney General Tim Fox suggested Gianforte would best serve the party by not abandoning his...

President Donald Trump exits Marine One for a trip to Doral, Fla., to attend the Republican National Committee winter meetings, on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

Trump to rally in New Hampshire on eve of state's primary

Jan. 23, 2020 5:33 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — New Hampshire is getting its first campaign rally of the 2020 campaign season from President Donald Trump, and it will be held on the eve of the state's first-in-the-nation presidential primary. Trump's Republican reelection campaign on Thursday announced a Feb. 10 “Keep America...

A poll worker speaks with a voter as Minneapolis Early Voting Center opened, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in Minneapolis. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)

Minnesota Democratic chairman endorses tighter voter privacy

Jan. 23, 2020 5:21 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The leader of the Democratic Party in Minnesota on Thursday endorsed an effort to protect the privacy of voters who are required to declare a party preference to participate in the state's March 3 Super Tuesday presidential primary. State Chairman Ken Martin said at a news conference...

Democratic presidential hopeful Tom Steyer takes questions from reporters before a campaign event in Florence, S.C., Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

Steyer aims criminal justice plan at taking on racial bias

Jan. 23, 2020 4:23 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer is proposing a criminal justice reform plan that would reduce the costs of incarceration by redirecting funds to education, community policing and rehabilitation in an effort to amend a system he sees as prejudiced against lower-income...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., stands at the South Carolina Statehouse before a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day rally Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

S. Carolina elected official now backing Sanders over Biden

Jan. 22, 2020 10:17 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina elected official who endorsed Joe Biden last month is switching her allegiance to Bernie Sanders in the state's first-in-the-South presidential primary, saying she had viewed the former vice president — whose support in the state is considered deep -- as...

Members of a Kansas House committee indicate whether they want to be recorded as voting yes or no on a proposed amendment to the state constitution on abortion with thumbs-up and thumbs-down signs, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The measure cleared committee on a 15-6 show of hands and would reverse a Kansas Supreme Court decision declaring access to abortion a

Abortion rights backers unsure of strategy in Kansas fight

Jan. 22, 2020 7:48 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Abortion rights backers grappled with how to derail a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution as abortion foes marked Wednesday's anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision by advancing two versions of the proposal in the Republican-controlled...

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, file photo, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger speaks during the Martin Luther King, Jr. annual commemorative service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Georgia's elections board on Wednesday, approved a set of rule changes to govern the use of new voting machines that are being rushed to counties statewide for the state's fast-approaching presidential primaries in March. (Branden Camp/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

Georgia election board approves rules for new voting system

Jan. 22, 2020 6:12 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's elections board on Wednesday approved a set of rule changes to govern the use of new voting machines that are being rushed out statewide for the state's fast-approaching presidential primaries in March. State Election Board members acknowledged some of the newly adopted rules may...

GOP state lawmaker announces bid for auditor general

Jan. 22, 2020 3:56 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A three-term state lawmaker from northwestern Pennsylvania said Wednesday that he will seek the Republican nomination to run for state auditor general this year. Cris Dush made the announcement less than a week before he can start circulating nomination petitions to get on the April...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a campaign stop at the State Historical Museum of Iowa, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Watchdog files FEC complaint against pro-Sanders nonprofit

Jan. 22, 2020 3:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The watchdog group Common Cause filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday, alleging that Our Revolution, a political nonprofit organization founded by Bernie Sanders, violated campaign finance law by accepting donations in excess of federal limits while boosting...